Colores Mexicanos: The Mexican Art Song and Setting Mexican Texts to Music
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In the Western art music tradition, we typically associate the art song genre with French, Italian, and German music traditions. However, since the rising of Miguel Ponce and his other, 20th-century contemporaries, the Mexican art song tradition has established its own, unique place and role within Western art music. In this thesis, after briefing exploring the history of the Mexican tradition, I will compose and analyze my own art song cycle, using exclusively Mexican texts, ranging from excerpts from the 16th century Cantares mexicanos to 20th century poems written in the midst of the Mexican revolution, all of which will share a common framework using a popular Mexican folk song. In creating this song cycle and thesis, I hope to give greater prominence to Mexican classical music and literature, helping to break down Eurocentric preconceptions of the Western art tradition.