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Title: Colonial musical culture in early modern Manila
Author: Irving, D. R. M.
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 2007
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This dissertation offers a ‘thick description’ of colonial musical culture in early modern Manila, capital of the Philippine Islands. From the mid-sixteenth century, this most distant colony of Spain was crucial to the establishment of the earliest global networks of trade and culture. After theorising the concepts of ‘colonial musical cultures’ and ‘frontier musicology’, I seek to show how music acted as a mediator for cultural transition and intercultural exchange, and was a key agent in the establishment of Spanish colonial institutions in Manila and the Philippines, from the beginning of the Spanish conquest in 1565 until the cessation of trans-Pacific trade in 1815. Underlying themes of my argument include the role of education and processes of intercultural contact in the dissemination of European musical and religious practices. Evidence is drawn from a wide range of sources such as histories, ethnographies, vocabularies, musical transcriptions, iconography, correspondence, travelogues, inventories, constitutions, decrees, financial accounts, and linguistic treatises. Chapter 1 sets the scene by positioning Manila as a locus for intercultural exchange in early modern Asia; Chapter 2 surveys diverse sources of early modern musical ethnography in the Philippines. Chapter 3 critiques the historiography of musical transculturation, which is investigated further in Chapter 4 by means of case studies of syncretism in three musico-poetic genres: the auit, the loa and the pasyon. Chapter 5 studies musical lives in religious institutions of early modern Manila and employment conditions for parochial musicians throughout the islands, leading into Chapter 6, which explores legislation, regulations and reforms for musical practices in colonial society. Finally, Chapter 7 focuses on public musical performance in civic and religious festivities of Manila.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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