Christina Taylor Gibson

This course will examine Mexican music and culture in the United States during the first half of the 20th century with particular focus on compositions by Manuel M. Ponce, Carlos Chávez, and Silvestre Revueltas. In addition to learning about repertoire, we will look at the context in which works were composed and received. This is a rich cultural period in both Mexico and the U.S., and students will become familiar with the relevant visual art (Diego Rivera and Miguel Covarrubias, among others), folk art or artesenía (such as that found in Mexican Folkways), and periodical writing (from “little” magazines like Modern Music to the major papers like the New York Times). Students will be introduced to the wealth of primary sources relating to the topic available in the D.C. metropolitan area, including holdings in CUA’s Latin American Music Center, and in the Library of Congress. Performance majors, theorists, and musicologists are welcome and encouraged to sign up; final projects will be shaped around the enrolled students.