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University of Houston Series in Mexican American Studies #1: Musica Tejana: The Cultural Economy of Artistic Transformation

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Texas-Mexican music, or mand#250;sica tejana, is not one single music but several musical and musico-literary genres, ensembles, and their styles, encompassing the corrido, canciand#243;n, and what author Manuel Peand#241;a calls the canciand#243;n-corrido. Mand#250;sica tejana also includes two major regional ensembles and their stylesand#151;the conjunto and the Texas-Mexican version of the orquesta. A more recent crop of synthesizer-driven ensembles and their styles, known since the mid-eighties as "Tejano," is another representative of mand#250;sica tejana.

Despite their diversity, these various ensembles, genres, and styles share two fundamental characteristics: they are all homegrown, and they all speak after their own fashion to fundamental social processes shaping Texas-Mexican society. As Peand#241;a persuasively argues, they represent a transforming cultural economy and its effects on Texas-Mexicans.

Peand#241;a traces the history of mand#250;sica tejana from the fandangos and bailes of the nineteenth century through the canciand#243;n ranchera and the politically informed corrido to the most recent forms of Tejano music. In the beginning, he argues, musicmaking was a function of "use-value"and#151;its symbolic power linked to the social processes of which it was an organic part. As mand#250;sica tejana was swept into the commercial market, it added a second, less culturally grounded dimensionand#151;"exchange-value"and#151;whereby it came

under the culturally weakening influence of the commercial market. Since the 1940s, the music has oscillated between the extremes of use- and exchange-value, though it has never lost its power to speak to issues of identity, difference, and social change.

Mand#250;sica Tejana thus gives not only a detailed overview of mand#250;sica tejana but also analyzes the social and economic implications of the music. The breadth, depth, and clarity with which Peand#241;a has treated this subject make this a most useful text for those interested in ethnomusicology, folklore, ethnic studies, and Mexican American culture.

Synopsis:

Texas-Mexican music, or musica tejana, is not one single music but several musica and musico-literary genres, ensembles, and their styles, encompassing the corrido, cancion, and what author Manuel Pena calls the cancion-corrido. Musica tejana also includes two major regional ensembles and their styles — the conjunto and the Texas-Mexican version of the orquesta. A more recent crop of synthesizer-driven ensembles and their styles, known since the mid-eighties as "Tejano, " is another representative of musica tejana.<P>Despite their diversity, these ensembles, genres, and styles share two fundamental characteristics: they are all homegrown, and they all speak fundamental social processes shaping Texas-Mexican society. As Pena argues, they represent a transforming cultural economy and its effects on Texas-Mexicans.

Description:

Includes discography (p. 219-221), bibliographical references (p. 223-232), and index.

About the Author

Manuel Peand#241;a, who received his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology and folklore from the University of Texas, has been a professor of anthropology and music at the University of Texas at Austin and California State University, Fresno. He is the author of The Texas-Mexican Conjunto: History of a Working-Class Music and The Mexican American Orquesta: Music, Culture, and the Dialectic of Conflict.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780890968888
Author:
Pena, Manuel H.
Author:
Peena, Manuel H.
Author:
a, Manuel
Author:
Peand#241
Author:
Manuel Peand#241
Author:
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Author:
Pena, Manuel
Publisher:
Texas A&M University Press
Location:
College Station :
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
Mexican americans
Subject:
Music
Subject:
World Beat
Subject:
Popular
Subject:
Texas
Subject:
Tejano music
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Pop Vocal
Subject:
Genres & Styles - International
Subject:
Tejano music - History and criticism
Subject:
Mexican Americans -- Texas.
Subject:
Music-World Music
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
University of Houston Series in Mexican American Studies, Sponsored by the Cente
Series Volume:
no. 1
Publication Date:
19990431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
21 bandw photos.
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 0.9 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Texas-Mexican music, or musica tejana, is not one single music but several musica and musico-literary genres, ensembles, and their styles, encompassing the corrido, cancion, and what author Manuel Pena calls the cancion-corrido. Musica tejana also includes two major regional ensembles and their styles — the conjunto and the Texas-Mexican version of the orquesta. A more recent crop of synthesizer-driven ensembles and their styles, known since the mid-eighties as "Tejano, " is another representative of musica tejana.<P>Despite their diversity, these ensembles, genres, and styles share two fundamental characteristics: they are all homegrown, and they all speak fundamental social processes shaping Texas-Mexican society. As Pena argues, they represent a transforming cultural economy and its effects on Texas-Mexicans.
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