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LAS/MAS/MUS 337 Survey of Mexican (Folk) Music
DUE 12/31 @ 11:59pm
MODULE 4: Varieties of son and the emergence of mariachi
For each module you will answer a set of questions or prompts that relate to the material you have read, listened to, and/or viewed. Your responses will range from a few sentences to a short paragraph. Generally, unless otherwise noted, I expect you to respond with full sentences, rather than using brief phrases or providing lists. You may respond to questions directly in the expandable space below each question on this word document. Please submit to the numbered D2L Question folder – for Module 4. Don’t forget to add your name at the top of the page.
Please answer questions on the audio and video recordings for this module, including the “La Bamba” performance, and the documentary videos A Mexican Sound on son huasteco music, and the video on mariachi, Sing and Don’t Cry.
Son jarocho: La bamba
1. A short video of “La bamba” (on D2L) provides an opportunity for you to view the instruments and performance style used in son jarocho. Using the textbook information along with the video, describe the performance. There are three elements to discuss: 1) instruments, including one linked especially to son jarocho; 2) the possible origin of its complex rhythms; and 3) the characteristics of the lyrics.
A Mexican Sound (video on son huasteco)
2. Write a paragraph that provides information on the origin of son huasteco and where it is performed today. Discuss relationships between the music and the land that is apparent in the lyrics of some of the songs featured in the film? 3. Name the four main sources of music and sound in son huasteco, in addition to the voice. Discuss information offered by people interviewed in the film on musical elements and their characteristics, including the type of rhythm used, the character of the violin sound, and a vocal technique that is often used. 4. At a weekly social gathering depicted in the film, what town, state, and region does the event take place in, and about how many people are contributing to the musical sound of son huasteco?
VIDEO: Sing and Don’t Cry (2005) [If the D2L link doesn’t work search in the UA Library catalog by title for the e-video; the film is available two versions: Spanish and Spanish with English subtitles]:
5. What event is the mariachi aficionado, Cornélio García, covering in this film? Where does it take place? Where have the musicians come from to take part in the event? Name and provide a brief description of the instruments that the musicians play.
6. Write a paragraph discussing differences between urban and rural mariachi. Consider the musicians and how they are dressed, the instruments and size of ensemble, and how the music sounds. What did you notice about the musical differences and what does Cornélio García think are the reasons for the contrasts between urban and rural styles?
7. In addition to the festival featured at the beginning of the film, identify and briefly describe at least three different kinds of occasions featured in the film where mariachis perform. What are the key elements of mariachi that are unchanging whether being performed at a festival, a party, rodeo, rural community, or in a concert hall with orchestral accompaniment. 8. Summarize the story that you believe Sing and Don’t Cry tells the viewer about mariachi in Mexico. How does the information provided contribute to your understanding of the significance of the genre in Mexico?