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In Search of Julián Carrillo and Sonido 13

Alejandro Madrid


In the 1920s, Mexican composer Julián Carrillo (1875–1965) developed a microtonal system he metaphorically called El Sonido 13 (The 13th Sound). Although his pioneering role as one of the first proponents of microtonality within the Western art music tradition allowed him to achieve a cult figure status among European avant-garde circles in the 1960s and 1970s, his music and legacy have remained largely ignored by scholars and music critics. Most of what is known today about him or his ideas comes directly from Carrillo’s own propagandistic writings or the vitriolic or petty disparagement from ... More

Keywords: microtonality, experimentalism, modernism, Mexican music, Latin American music

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190215781
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190215781.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alejandro Madrid, author
Associate Professor of Musicology, Cornell