Discovering Choral Repertoire from Latin America

The Music of
Alberto Grau 

Join María Guinand as she presents a three-part video course on understanding & interpretation of Hispano-American choral repertoire via the music of Venezuelan composer, Alberto Grau. 



An acclaimed authority on this topic, Maria Guinand, shares her passion to have the world recognize and perform this vast repertoire.  Choral music based on Hispano-American poetry and texts covers a wide spectrum of Spanish and Latin American choral repertoire of the 16th and 17th centuries and in later repertoires such as Zarzuelas and Operettas from the 19th century.  The 20th and 21st centuries have witnessed a vast production of choral arrangements based on folk and popular tunes, but also an important legacy of original compositions in the style of the madrigal and choral song that appeared in the first half of the 20th century. 

This presentation essential for conductors and students interested in discovering and performing choral music of Latin America. 


Session One: Elements of Latin American Music

  • Pronunciation of the Spanish language
  • The prosody of the Spanish language
  • The phrasing of rhythmic patterns
  • The traditions, myths, and imagery of the poetry
  • Understanding of regional cultural identity and ethnic differences reflected in the music indigenous to each region

Session Two: Alberto Grau's Repertoire for Children's Choirs

  • Cumpleaños (ages 4-6)
  • Brujas y Hadas (ages 7-9)
  • Acto del Viento (ages 10-13)

Session Three: Alberto Grau's Repertoire for Youth Choirs

  • Cradle Songs
  • Kasar Mie la Gaji
  • A un panal de rica miel: las moscas 



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