Publication Date



Open access

Degree Type

Doctoral Essay

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)


Vocal Performance (Music)

Date of Defense


First Committee Member

Joshua Habermann

Second Committee Member

Raul Murciano

Third Committee Member

Paul Wilson

Fourth Committee Member

Donald Oglesby


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.


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