The Folk Influences on the Piano Works of Manuel M. Ponce
By: Alexandro Aguilar    Email:  firstname.lastname@example.org
Home Town: Payette, Idaho    High School: Payette High School 2021
Major: Music:Composition, Music: Performance-Instrmt Opt
College: College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences
Abstract – The compositions of musicians from underrepresented backgrounds have gone largely overlooked in the core literature for piano and in academic fields such as musicology and theoretical analysis. The music of Mexican composers such as Manuel Maria Ponce, deserves to be in the standard repertoire of classical piano as his artistic merit could be compared to that of other European composers such as Johannes Brahms or Claude Debussy. Inadvertently, the field of music has missed out on rich cultural inspiration. It is important to highlight music from people of color and help expand the scope of music as a studied form of art if the study of classical piano were to stay relevant in modern day.
For this project, I prepared four pieces for solo piano composed by Mexican composer, Manuel Maria Ponce, for performance. Research was done on the history of native folk music in Mexico and how it influenced Ponce’s works for the piano. The four works of focus throughout the project are Scherzino Mexicano, Romanza De Amor, Quatro Danzas Mexicanas, and Intermezzo No. 1. Latin folk genres of music and dance such as Huapangos, Sons, Cuban Contradanzas, Jarabes, and Corridos were discovered to have heavy influence in the rhythmic, melodic, sonic, and harmonic motifs found in the piano works of Ponce.
|Poster||The Folk Influences on the Piano Works of Manuel M. Ponce||July 19, 2023|
Additional Project Information:
Year in College Project Started:  Sophomore
Faculty Advisor:   Roger  McVey
Faculty Advisor Email:   email@example.com
Funding Source:  Office of Undergrad Research, Summer Undergrad Research Fellowship
Project Location:   Moscow, ID