By D. R. M. Irving
Named considered one of BBC background Magazine's "Books of the 12 months" in 2010
In this groundbreaking learn, D. R. M. Irving reconnects the Philippines to present musicological discourse at the early smooth Hispanic international. For a few and a part centuries, the Philippine Islands have been firmly interlinked to Latin the USA and Spain via transoceanic relationships of politics, faith, exchange, and tradition. the town of Manila, based in 1571, represented an important intercultural nexus and an important conduit for the neighborhood diffusion of Western track. inside of its ethnically assorted society, imported and native musics performed a vital position within the institution of ecclesiastical hierarchies within the Philippines and in propelling the paintings of Roman Catholic missionaries in neighboring territories. Manila's spiritual associations resounded with luxurious vocal and instrumental performances, whereas an annual calendar of festivities introduced jointly many musical traditions of the indigenous and immigrant populations in advanced types of inventive interplay and opposition.
Multiple types and genres coexisted in line with strict rules enforced through nation and ecclesiastical gurus, and Irving makes use of the metaphors of eu counterpoint and enharmony to critique musical practices in the colonial milieu. He argues that the creation and institutionalization of counterpoint acted as a strong agent of colonialism during the Philippine Archipelago, and that contrapuntal buildings have been mirrored within the social and cultural reorganization of Filipino groups lower than Spanish rule. He additionally contends that the lively appropriation of tune and dance via the indigenous inhabitants constituted an important contribution to the method of hispanization. Sustained "enharmonic engagement" among Filipinos and Spaniards ended in the synthesis of hybrid, syncretic genres and the emergence of functionality kinds that can contest and subvert hegemony. Throwing new gentle on a nearly unknown sector of song historical past, this e-book contributes to present realizing of the globalization of song, and repositions the Philippines on the frontiers of analysis into early smooth intercultural exchange.