A Guide to the Latin American Art Song Repertoire

A Guide to the Latin American Art Song Repertoire

An Annotated Catalog of Twentieth-Century Art Songs for Voice and Piano
Edited by Maya Hoover
Distribution: World
Publication date: 4/9/2010
Format: paper 368 pages
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-253-22138-4
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A reference guide to the vast array of art song literature and composers from Latin America, this book introduces the music of Latin America from a singer’s perspective and provides a basis for research into the songs of this richly musical area of the world. The book is divided by country into 22 chapters, with each chapter containing an introductory essay on the music of the region, a catalog of art songs for that country, and a list of publishers. Some chapters include information on additional sources. Singers and teachers may use descriptive annotations (language, poet) or pedagogical annotations (range, tessitura) to determine which pieces are appropriate for their voices or programming needs, or those of their students. The guide will be a valuable resource for vocalists and researchers, however familiar they may be with this glorious repertoire.

Author Bio

Maya Hoover is Assistant Professor of Voice at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Latin American Art Song Alliance. Her publications have appeared in Classical Singer, The Mentoring Connection, and the Philosophy of Music Education Review.


"[Hoover] has made an important contribution to the study and performance of Latin American art song—and indeed, to art song in general—with this publication. Singers who are interested in exploring new repertoire should investigate this book, and teachers who are looking for new song literature will find the volume useful as well." —Journal of Singing , Vol. 67 No. 2, 2010

"Hoover, along with six supporting contributors (including the founder of LAASA), has constructed this guide to 20th-century Latin American art songs. . . . No similar work exists, and most general Latin American music guides are years, even decades old. . . . Recommended." —

"This reference work is a tremendous resource for anyone interested in the Latin American art song repertoire. The fact that it lists so many composers and compositions, how to obtain them, along with voice ranges and types, truly makes this book practical and necessary for research discovery and planning in the academic music disciplines." —Reference Reviews , Vol. 25, No. 1, 2011

"Maya Hoover’s guide to the Latin American art song repertoire will be a welcome addition to any music library reference collection or to the voice teacher’s bookshelf. The only resource of its kind, the volume introduces the reader to a wealth of contemporary classical vocal repertoire from twenty-two Latin American countries." —
Music Reference Services Quarterly

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Table of Contents


1. Argentina / Allison Weiss
2. Bolivia
3. Brazil / Stela M. Brandão
4. Chile
5. Colombia / Ellie Anne Duque
6. Costa Rica
7. Cuba
8. Dominican Republic
9. Ecuador
10. El Salvador
11. Guatemala
12. Haiti / Jean-Ronald LaFond
13. Honduras
14. Jamaica
15. Mexico
16. Nicaragua
17. Panama
18. Paraguay
19. Peru / José-Luis Maúrtua
20. Puerto Rico
21. Uruguay
22. Venezuela / Kathleen L. Wilson

Appendix A: List of Countries and Regions in Latin America
Appendix B: Statistics by Geographic Region
Appendix C: List of Publishers
Appendix D: List of Suggested Repertoire
List of Contributors
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