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From Serra to Sancho: Music and Pageantry in the California Missions

Craig H. Russell


Music in the California missions was a pluralistic combination of voices and instruments, of liturgy and spectacle, of styles and functions—and even of cultures—in a new blend that was nonexistent before the friars made their way to California beginning in 1769. This book explores the exquisite sacred music that flourished on the West Coast of America when it was under Spanish and Mexican rule; it delves into the historical, cultural, biographical, and stylistic aspects of California mission music during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Aspects of music terminology, performance practice ... More

Keywords: sacred music, mission music, California missions, performance practice, music notation, music theory, Junípero Serra, Juan Bautista Sancho, Ignacio de Jerusalem, liturgy, musical instruments

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195343274
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343274.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Craig H. Russell, author
California Polytechnic State University