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Colonial CounterpointMusic in Early Modern Manila$
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D. R. M. Irving

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195378269

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195378269.001.0001

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The Hispanization of Filipino Music

The Hispanization of Filipino Music

(p.99) 4 The Hispanization of Filipino Music
Colonial Counterpoint

D. R. M. Irving

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines how “hispanization” or transculturation transformed Filipino music in the early modern period, through the absorption and adaptation of certain elements of Hispanic musical practice. It treats linguistic aspects of transcultural musical pedagogy, and demonstrates the usefulness of vocabularios of Filipino languages in tracing the historical trajectory of musical change. Hispanization in the metropolis is contrasted with its equivalent in the provinces, and the vital role of indigenous teachers as disseminators of hispanized musical practices is discussed. The chapter critiques early modern ideas about the utilitarian role of music as a colonial weapon, in terms of the intended “pacification” and urbanization of indigenous populations, and their conversion to Christianity. It considers the contribution of Jesuit “cultural accommodation” to the hispanization of Filipino music, and also explains the principal reasons for the decline and eventual disuse of many prehispanic musical practices.

Keywords:   hispanization, transculturation, utilitarian, indigenous teachers, colonial weapon, pacification, urbanization, conversion, Jesuit, cultural accommodation

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