9780195141467

Mariachi Music in America Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture

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    9780195141467

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  • Copyright: 2005-08-25
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

Mariachi Music in America is one of several case-study volumes that can be used along with Thinking Musically, the core book in the Global Music Series. Thinking Musically incorporates music from many diverse cultures and establishes the framework for exploring the practice of music around theworld. It sets the stage for an array of case-study volumes, each of which focuses on a single area of the world. Each case study uses the contemporary musical situation as a point of departure, covering historical information and traditions as they relate to the present. Visitwww.oup.com/us/globalmusic for a list of case studies in the Global Music Series. The website also includes instructional materials to accompany each study. This unique volume provides an accessible introduction to the social, cultural, and economic conditions surrounding mariachi music in the United States. Large immigrations of Mexicans to the U.S., the power of the international recording industry, and the fluid travel of mariachi musicians betweenthe two countries have resulted in a strong base of musical continuity across the political border. Drawing on thirty-five years of personal performance experience and on interviews with leading mariachi musicians, author Daniel Sheehy offers first-hand perspectives on the music's stylisticcornerstones, aesthetic standards, social standing, and economic life. He explains how mariachi music is simultaneously a folk music rooted in more than 150 years of tradition, a commodity governed by market considerations, and a dynamic course of activity that has been shaped and expanded bymusical innovation and social meaning. The book focuses on the rising popularity of mariachi music amongst Mexican Americans--over the last twenty-five years, numerous mariachi festivals have become annual events in the U.S., a multitude of workshops and school programs have been developed, and morewomen have become involved in public mariachi performances. Mariachi Music in America is a captivating study that will interest students, aspiring performers, teachers, and aficionados alike. Enhanced by vivid photos and illustrations and first-hand accounts of musicians, organizers, and audiences, Mariachi Music in America is packaged with a 50-minute CD containing examples of the music discussed in the book. It also features guided listening and hands-on activities that encouragereaders to engage actively and critically with the music.

Author Biography


Daniel Sheehy served as Director of Folk & Traditional Arts at the National Endowment for the Arts from 1992-2000 and as staff ethnomusicologist and Assistant Director from 1978-1992. A Fulbright-Hays scholar in Veracruz, Mexico, he earned his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from UCLA in 1979. He is coeditor of the second volume of the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music: South America, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean (1998). He has performed mariachi music since 1968.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Preface xiii
CD Track List xvii
1. An Introduction to Mariachi Culture 1(11)
Mariachi Music and Culture
2(10)
Issues for Reflection
5(7)
Personal Perspectives from the Author
6(5)
The Purpose of This Book
11(1)
2. The Modern Mariachi Sound 12(27)
Modern Mariachi
12(5)
Before "Mariachi," 1519-1852
14(1)
The Mariachi Emerges
14(3)
Mariachi: The Musical Group
17(22)
The Modern Mariachi Takes Shape
19(2)
Instruments of the Modern Mariachi
21(7)
The Vihuela
22(3)
The Guitarrón
25(1)
The Harp
26(2)
Musical Forms
28(1)
Poetic Forms
28(3)
The Copla
28(1)
The Seguidilla
29(1)
The Son
29(2)
Other Genres
31(8)
The Canción Ranchera
32(1)
The Bolero Ranchero
32(2)
The Huapango
34(1)
The Polka
35(4)
3. The Social Life of Mariachi Music 39(23)
The Social Dimension
39(15)
Nati Cano's Dream
40(4)
The Birth of La Fonda
44(3)
Social Dimensions of Mariachi Meaning
47(10)
José Hernández's Motivation
51(3)
The Value of Tradition
54(3)
Women in the Mariachi
57(5)
Rebecca Gonzales: Opening the Way for Women in the Mariachi
57(2)
Laura Sobrino: The Challenge of Change
59(3)
4. Mariachi Economy: Al Talon, Chambas, Plantas, Shows, and la Mariachada 62(17)
Mariachi as a Product and a Profession
62(1)
The Expanding Mariachi Market
63(2)
Performance Settings
65(11)
Al Talón
66(4)
Chambas
70(3)
Serenata
73(1)
Plantas
73(2)
Shows
75(1)
La Mariachada
76(3)
5. ¡Viva el Mariachi! Tacos with Ketchup or Salsa? The Challenge of Change 79(14)
The Threads of Change
80(7)
Social Threads
80(5)
Mariachi in Schools
81(4)
Mariachi Festivals
85(2)
Social Movements
87(2)
Chicano Movimiento
87(1)
Women's Liberation Movement
88(1)
Conclusion: The Challenge of Change, the Future
89(4)
Glossary 93(7)
References 100(3)
Resources 103(4)
Index 107

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