Music in New Worlds: Global Encounters in the Age of Discoveries, 1492–1800

Detailed Schedule, Unit IV

Listings by week


BB Source on Blackboard under Course Materials, by week

Schedule of Assignments

Unit IV: The African Diaspora

Week 12

Tue., Nov. 13 From Congo to Brazil


  1. Cécile Fromont, Dancing for the King of Congo from Early Modern Central Africa to Slavery-Era Brazil, Colonial Latin American Review, vol. 22, no. 2 (2013): 184–208
Thu., Nov. 15 Rare Books Day/Research workshop

Week 13

Tue., Nov. 20 The Origins of Afro-Latin Music

Weekly writing (due Tuesday in class)

  1. Kubik’s book represents the most substantive effort of any text on our syllabus to demonstrate concrete, specifically musical evidence of cultural interchange resulting from the colonial period. Contrast the kind of sources Kubik uses, and how he uses them, with the approaches of other scholars we have read (particularly Baker and Irving). What aspects of Kubik’s method, use of evidence, and overall argument do you find most and least convincing?
  2. Contribute to class YouTube playlist of African diasporic music (see announcement on BB).


  1. Gerhard Kubik, Angolan Traits in Black Music, Games and Dances of Brazil: A Study of African Cultural Extensions Overseas (Lisbon: Centro de Estudos de Antropologia Cultural, 1979) (BB)
Nov. 21–25 Thanksgiving Break

Week 14

Tue., Nov. 27 Race in New Spain


  1. Jesús Ramos-Kittrell, Playing in the Cathedral, ch. 1

Music listening and score study

  1. Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla, Al establo más dichoso (Ensaladilla), Christmas Matins at Puebla Cathedral, 1652
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  2. Ignacio Jerúsalem, Matins for Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexico City Cathedral, 1763): Responsory, Quae est ista, quae ascendit?
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Thu., Nov. 29 North America


  1. William T. Dargan, Lining Out the Word, ch. 1, 3, 4

Music listening and score study

  1. Dr. Watts singing
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  2. Ring shout
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Fri., Nov. 30, 5:00 p.m. Paper draft due

Week 15

Tue., Dec. 4 Presentations in class
Thu., Dec. 6 Presentations in class, continued

Week 16

Tue., Dec. 11 Presentations in class, continued; Conclusions
Dec. 13–14 Reading period

Week 17

Friday, Dec. 21, 9:00 a.m. (firm) Final paper due (Submit PDF through Blackboard)