Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)
Vocal Performance (Music)
Date of Defense
First Committee Member
Joshua Habermann - Committee Chair
Second Committee Member
Raul Murciano - Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Paul Wilson - Committee Member
Fourth Committee Member
Donald Oglesby - Committee Member
A prolific arranger and composer, Electo Silva is an iconic figure in the field of choral music in Cuba. His collection of traditional Cuban songs entitled "30 canciones populares cubanas" presents an array of influential pieces that have enriched the repertoire for mixed a cappella choirs. Six titles have been extracted from the catalog of thirty to more closely examine characteristics of genre and style, composition and structure, and language and performance practice. Historical background is defined, cultural and folkloric traditions are explored, and suggestions for performance are offered. The essay is designed to assist the non-Cuban conductor in creating a successful culturally and historically accurate performance. English translations, International Phonetic Alphabet transcriptions, and musical examples are added to assist in the conductor's research and preparation.
Repertoire; Orfeon Santiago; Pedagogy; Genre History
Gibbs, Beth, "Exploring Cuban Music through the Choral Arrangements of Electo Silva" (2010). Open Access Dissertations. 379.