Contemporary Art Music Compositions with Folkloric Elements of El Salvador
Palomo, Raul Enrique
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There is a critical lack of ethnographic and ethnomusicological research that focuses in El Salvadors indigenous (folkloric) music. Drawing on the historical studies and research of Santiago Ignacio Barberena and Dr. Jorge Lard, as well as the ethnographic work of Maria de Baratta, I identify the elements of Cuzcatlns indigenous music and provide a brief overview of its history, rhythms, instruments, and forms. I then provide three original compositions that use the elements of Salvadoran folkloric music in a contemporary, art music settings. This work will be a reference source for future musicological research and compositional endeavors that might help keep an interest in Salvadoran folkloric music and create a renewed interest in its repertoire.