The Mexican Musical Universe Between Centenaries (1517-1917)

International Conference “From New Spain to Mexico: The Mexican Musical Universe Between Centenaries (1517-1917)”
4-5 December 2017

Campus Antonio Machado, Universidad Internacional de Andalucía, Baeza, Jaen, Spain
In 1917, the Political Constitution of the United Mexican States was promulgated. That year also witnessed the publication of the first history of music in Mexico: El arte musical en México by Alba Herrera y Ogazón. The year 1917 is, therefore, not only the starting point of a new Mexican constitutionalism but also that of the nascent historiography of Mexican music. In addition, it is a point of arrival that allows us to pose, in contrast to traditional historical narratives, a retrospective view of Mexican music from that time back to 1517, when the expedition of the Andalusian conquistador Francisco Hernández de Córdoba reached the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula.

The commemoration of both centenaries is an opportunity to reflect critically on the history of music in creole New Spain and independent Mexico, its practices, actors and discourses, their common elements and their differential characteristics in the broader framework of the musical traditions of Iberia and the Americas. At the same time, the conference aims to promote new perspectives of study in relation to Mexican music from three current paradigms: postcolonial criticism, performance studies and digital musicology.

The conference, directed by Javier Marín (University of Jaén), will serve as the first academic meeting of the newly formed Study Group “Music and (Latin)American Studies” (MUSAM) of the Spanish Society of Musicology. It will culminate in a series of concerts by outstanding ensembles in the field of early music, which will take place in venues of historical and artistic interest in Úbeda and Baeza, World Heritage cities, within the framework of the XXI Early Music Festival of Úbeda & Baeza.