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The KUT Longhorn Radio Network Presents: Mexican American Experience Collection

Audio recordings including interviews, music, and informational programs related to the Mexican American community and their concerns in the series "The Mexican American Experience" and "A esta hora conversamos" from the Longhorn Radio Network, 1976-1982.

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Classical Music With A Chicano Influence
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Richard Goodman
Richard Goodman
Dec 15, 1976

Classical Music With a Chicano Influence

Richard Goodman discusses the origins, influences and styles of Chicano Classical music. Because social and economic conditions were not conducive to the development of the fine arts in the Chicano community, most composers lived in Mexico. For much of the 19th century, European classical music influenced Mexican composers immensely, and they trained in Germany, France and Italy under the great masters of the time.

After the 1890s, Mexican composers, such as Carlos Chavez, began to produce classical music that was uniquely Mexican in origin. In the post-war period, Mexican composers began to incorporate rhythms from other countries, while continuing to develop their own style. Several of these composers, including Agustin Lara and Maria Greever, became famous in the United States and other countries. Also during this period, Chicano classical musicians and composers emerged in Texas and California where they formed their own orchestras and groups. Lydia Mendoza and Beto Villa have been two of the most famous Chicano classical musicians.


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