This long-awaited book vividly documents the folk music of El Ro
Grande del Norte, an area extending from the Mexican border on the
south to Southern Colorado on the north and from the Great Plains
on the east to the Continental Divide on the West. Loeffler has
collected examples of the musical forms used over the centuries in
this often isolated and harsh but beautiful region. A blend of
religious and secular music from sixteenth-century Spain,
Mexican-influenced folk tunes, and melodies indigenous to the life
of the region, the music covered here includes romances, "trovos,
cuandos" and "decimas, inditas, corridos, cancines," ceremonial and
religious music, and dance music.
Each song appears both in Spanish and English. For many,
transcriptions of the musical notations are provided as well as
graphic illustrations of dance technique. A companion set of
compact discs is also available. Photographs and biographies of
active folk musicians help complete the record of this rich and
enduring musical tradition.
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