From Serra to Sancho

From Serra to Sancho : Music and Pageantry in the California Missions

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Music in the California missions was a pluralistic combination of voices and instruments, of liturgy and spectacle, of styles and functions-and even of cultures-in a new blend that was non-existent before the Franciscan friars made their way to California beginning in 1769. This book explores the exquisite sacred music that flourished on the West Coast of America when it was under Spanish and Mexican rule; it delves into the historical, cultural, biographical, and stylistic aspects of California mission music during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The book explores how mellifluous plainchant, reverent hymns, spunky folkloric ditties, "classical" music in the style of Haydn, and even Native American drumming were interwoven into a tapestry of resonant beauty. Aspects of music terminology, performance practice, notation, theory, sacred song, hymns, the sequence, the mass, and pageantry are addressed. Russell draws upon hundreds of primary documents in California, Mexico, Madrid, Ba
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  • Hardback | 480 pages
  • 165.1 x 233.68 x 38.1mm | 839.14g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 36 half tone, 41 line illustrations
  • 0195343271
  • 9780195343274

About Craig H. Russell

Craig Russell, Professor in the Department of Music at California Polytechnic State University, is steeped in the music of the Hispano-American world, having published over 100 articles in the field. He collaborated with Chanticleer on four compact disks-two of which received Gramophone award nominations. His compositions have been performed worldwide, including major orchestral concerts in Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Sydney Opera House, and Disney
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Craig Russel's new monograph is a wonderful addition to the rich body of musicological and historical literature * Kristen Dutcher Mann, The Journal of Eighteenth-Century Music *
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