The Music of al-Andalus
A lecture illustrated with musical examples
Reynaldo Fernández Manzano
Presented by the Foundation for Iberian Music
Monday, September 13, 2010
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Ave.
Tel. 212 817 1819
Topics will include:
Cultural centers prior to arrival of Muslim culture
- The music of the “barbarian” peoples
- Urban music of Romanization
- Visigothic liturgy and the Roman rite, the pilgrimages
- The music of Mecca, Medina, Egypt and Mesopotamia
- Berber music
- The religious and festive music
The music of al-Andalus
- Music in the Emirate dependent on Damascus
- Music in the Independent Emirate and Caliphate of Cordoba
- Music in the Taifa kingdoms
- The music of the armorávides and Almohad
Music in the Kingdom of Granada in the Moorish period
Organology, iconology, and the music of al-Andalus
Exoticism and orientalism in European art music
The music of al-Andalus, its survival and recovery today
Sources and analysis of the literature
Reynaldo Fernández Manzano’s Bio:
Spanish musicologist Reynaldo Fernández Manzano is currently the director of the Centro de Documentación Musical de Andalucía. He studied Arabic and holds a degree in Medieval History from the University of Granada, writing his thesis on the music of the Moriscos in the kingdom of Granada. He has been the recipient of various honors, including a Medal of Honor from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Nuestra Señora de las Angustias in Granada. The Ministry of Culture has awarded Manzano for his research and dissemination of Spanish music. He has presented papers in various conferences, seminars, and symposia on topics such as Arabian music, Andalusian music, flamenco, and issues of documentation and conservation of cultural heritage.
Shannon, Jonathan. “Andalusian Music” in Encyclopedia of Islam, THREE. Article accessible through the Mina Rees Library online database.
Poché, Christian. La musique arabo-andalouse (Arles : Cité de la musique : Actes sud, c1995).
Shiloah, Amnon. “The Meeting of Christian, Jewish and Muslim Musical Cultures on the Iberian Peninsula (before 1992),” Acta Musicologica LXIII (1991) 14-19
Wright, Owen. “Music in Muslim Spain,” The Legacy of Muslim Spain, ed. by Salma Khadra Jayyusi (E. J. Brill: Leiden, 1992) 555-579.