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A Musical History of México – PART 2a

Returning to this subject now. I don’t think it is unreasonable to to compare the music of México to its many baroque cathedrals and churches. Plans and elevations were Spanish in design, but the construction itself was the work of natives and they left their stamp on every element of the buildings. So with folk and popular music, the framework is mainly Spanish in tonality and mode, and in the structure of its melody, harmony and meter; but the melodic inflection and ornamentation, and rhythmic combinations show definite Indian influence.

Getting to understand the primitive folk music, and especially the oldest surviving tribal music and dances of México is important to me for this project but, alas, not easy to attain. The Library of Congress did release an album under sponsorship of the old Inter-American Indian Institute by Henrietta Yurchenko and the National Institute of Fine Arts and Literature did begin a systematic collection of the many types of songs and dances, but currently I can’t find out any further information about their collections. Regrettable, but nonetheless here are some insights gleaned so far from other sources:

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