Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

The History and Use of Music in Colonial Spanish America 1500-1750

Decidnos canciones de un pueblo y, os diremos sus 1eyes, sus costumbres y su historia, is an old Spanish proverb which means, "Tell us the songs of a people and we will tell you its laws,  its customs and its history,   and the music of Hispanic America is a living example of the wisdom of this old saying.  But the recounting of the history of this music during the Spanish Colonial period, a time during which its foundations were laid, is only one of the pur_ poses of this thesis.  Its second, and perhaps more important purpose, is to show how music had a definite political and social iDportance in Latin American society; and how it was used most successfully, by both the Spanish missionary and by his official companion as a means of pacifying, civilizing and Christianizing the natives of the...

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