By Mark Pedelty

On the Zócalo, the most sq. of Mexico urban, Mexico's whole musical historical past is played each day. "Mexica" percussionists drum and dance to the song of Aztec rituals at the open plaza. contained in the Metropolitan Cathedral, choristers sing colonial villancicos. open air the nationwide Palace, the Mexican military marching band performs the "Himno Nacional," a vestige of the 19th century. And all over the sq., humans hearken to the modern sounds of father, rock, and música grupera. In all, a few seven centuries of track preserve a dwelling presence within the smooth city.

This booklet bargains an up to date, accomplished historical past and ethnography of musical rituals within the world's biggest urban. Mark Pedelty information the dominant musical rites of the Aztec, colonial, nationwide, innovative, glossy, and modern eras, studying the function that musical ritual performed in governance, resistance, and social switch. His technique is twofold. historic chapters describe the rituals and their features, whereas ethnographic chapters discover how those musical types proceed to resonate in modern Mexican society. As a complete, the ebook offers a residing list of cultural continuity, swap, and vitality.

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