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Hispano Music & Culture from the Northern Rio Grande: The Juan B. Rael Collection

Library of Congress, American Memory Project

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In the early 1940s, Juan B. Rael, a linguist and folklorist at Stanford University, traveled to rural northern New Mexico and southern Colorado to document the religious and secular music of this region’s Spanish-speaking residents. This site has collected 146 of Rael’s sound recordings, of alabados (hymns), folk drama, wedding songs, and dance tunes, by 15 performers, for a total of about eight hours of recordings. Descriptive information about the title, performers, genre, instrumentation, location and date of recording, and other brief (1025 word) notes about the music accompany each tune. The site also presents Rael’s recording logs and three publications relating to the collection, as well as a map of the region and four background essays on Rael and northern New Mexican culture by Enrique R. Lamadrid of the University of New Mexico. All songs are keyword searchable and browsable by title and performer. Most are available in both MP3, RealAudio, and wav formats.

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