Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

List of Illustrations

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xii

Funding for my research for this book has been generously provided through many years by the Autonomous University of Yucatán (UADY) and by two programs funded by the Secretary of Public Education of Mexico (SEP): Programa de Mejoramiento del Profesorado Universitario (PROMEP), and the Programa...

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Introduction: Music, Identity, and the Yucatecan Puzzle

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pp. 1-20

This book is about Yucatecan trova, a music genre comprising a particular type of romantic song that is often called “the soul of Yucatán and Yucatecans,” and about how this music has become an important cultural representation of Yucatecanness. Trova first emerged as a music genre in Santiago, Cuba, at the end...

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1. Beautiful Politics of Music: The Fight for Trova as the Classical Music of a Cosmopolitan Yucatán

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pp. 21-59

As I describe throughout this book, the Yucatán Peninsula and the Yucatán state have a long story of regional pride that sometimes borders on regional separatism from the Mexican Republic. Regional identity is understood as based on objective cultural and structural differences from the rest of Mexico, including History...

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2. Yucatecan Trova: The Music of a Cosmopolitan Modernity

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pp. 60-89

In February 1930 Yucatecan composer and artist Guty Cárdenas gave a recital at the Teatro Peón Contreras, the most prestigious theater in the city of Mérida, the state of Yucatán’s capital. Introducing the composer and his music, local poet Alfredo Aguilar Alfaro portrayed Yucatecan songs as a direct, forceful, and nonrhetorical...

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3. Music, Love, and Politics: Trova and the Mexicanization of Yucatán

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pp. 90-125

An anecdote I was told during my fieldwork exemplifies how local people talk about Yucatecan music’s power and allure. Ermilo Alfonso Padrón López (1898–1978), best known as “Chispas Padrón,” was a poet and philanderer. It is told that he decided to court a woman who was a secretary at a lawyers’ firm. He sang his...

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4. Organized Romance: Bohemians, Organization, and Yucatecan Trova Music

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pp. 126-159

One night I accompanied my aunt Gloria to a meeting of a group of bohemians. She had been a member for a long time and knew everyone in the group. The group leader, a woman in her sixties, organized the meetings. She kept a list of members and their phone numbers, figured out the cost of holding each...

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Conclusions: Vernacular Cosmopolitanism, Modernity, and the Beautiful Politics of Music

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pp. 160-166

This book has traced the history of Yucatecan trova as a form of music resulting from the cosmopolitan vocation of Yucatecan artists and regional society during the early days of this music genre, and its subsequent transformation into a vernacular genre in the context of contemporary Mexican and Latin American...

Notes

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pp. 167-174

Glossary

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pp. 175-178

References

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pp. 179-196

Discography

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pp. 197-200

Index

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pp. 201-203