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.

Published by Cambridge University Press

Table of Contents

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

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