Music and Urban Society in Colonial Latin America

The Spanish colonial project in Latin America from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries was distinctly urban in focus. The impact of the written word on this process was explored in Ángel Rama’s seminal book The Lettered City, and much has been written by historians of art and architecture on its visible manifestations, yet the articulation of sound, urban geography and colonial power – ‘the resounding city’ – has been passed over in virtual silence. This collection of essays by leading scholars examines the role of music in Spanish colonial urbanism in the New World and explores the urban soundscape and music profession as spheres of social contact, conflict, and negotiation. The contributors demonstrate the role of music as a vital constituent part of the colonial city, as Rama did for writing, and therefore illustrate how musicology may illuminate and take its place in the broader field of Latin American urban history.

Table of Contents

1. The resounding city Geoffrey Baker
2. Music and ritual in urban spaces: the case of Lima, c.1600 Tess Knighton
3. A conflicted relationship: music, power and the inquisition in viceregal Mexico City Javier Marín López
4. Making music, writing myth: urban Guadalupan ritual in eighteenth-century New Spain Drew Edward Davies
5. ‘Gold was music to their ears’: conflicting sounds in Santafé (Nuevo Reino de Granada), 1540–1590 Egberto Bermúdez
6. The ‘spirit of independence’ in the Fiesta de la Naval of Caracas David Coifman
7. Employment, enfranchisement and liminality: ecclesiastical musicians in early modern Manila David R. M. Irving
8. Chapelmasters and musical practice in Brazilian cities in the eighteenth century Paulo Castagna and Jaelson Trindade
9. Music, authority and civilization in Rio de Janeiro (1763–1790) Rogério Budasz
10. Transcending the walls of the churches: the circulation of music and musicians in Santiago de Chile Alejandro Vera
11. The slave’s progress: music as profession in Criollo Buenos Aires Bernardo Illari
12. Urban music in the wilderness: ideology and power in the Jesuit reducciones, 1609–1767 Leonardo J. Waisman
13. Enlightened Reformism versus Jesuit Utopia: music in the foundation of El Carmen de Guarayos (Moxos, Bolivia), 1793–1801 María Gembero Ustárroz

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