This chapter proposes counterpoint as a metaphor for the historical critique of colonial musical cultures in the early modern world. It explains how Edward W. Said's technique of “contrapuntal analysis” can be borrowed from literary studies and used in the interpretation of colonial historiography. As Manila was the final link in the network of worldwide trade routes that were established in the late sixteenth century, this chapter suggests that an examination of musical exchanges at this crucial geocultural crossroads of mercantile, political, and religious enterprises can reveal much about the early modern origins and development of music globalization. Finally, it provides an outline of the book and an overview of the primary source materials that are relevant to this study.
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