2005 Student Research Conference:
18th Annual Student Research Conference

Fine Arts

Spanish Influence On Peruvian Indigenous Music: A Subtle Change in Communal Inclusiveness
Lauren Sappington
Dr. David McKamie, Faculty Mentor

For over one thousand years before the arrival of the Spanish, several indigenous cultures, culminating with the Inca, inhabited and flourished in Perú. The music of these communities was characterized by accessibility to the commoner, requiring little musical training. Folk music was designed not to exclude but rather to call individuals to lose their identity when taking part in local festivals, dances, and other music-making occasions. However, there are instances of musical techniques which require much training, which therefore led to the exclusion of participation by some of the community. With the appearance of European colonizers in the 1500s, the traditional Peruvian musical scene underwent numerous changes in regard to instruments and to music’s role in society. This presentation will focus upon the transformation of the collectivism of traditional Peruvian music through their own techniques, as well as the influence of the individualistic European culture.

Keywords: folk music, Peru, Spanish, colonization

Topic(s):Music

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 3-3
Location: OP 2115
Time: 8:45

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