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Hispano Music and Culture of the Northern Rio Grande: The Juan B. Rael Collection

The American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress has recently provided online access to this ethnographic field collection of "religious and secular music of Spanish-speaking residents in rural New Mexico and Southern Colorado." Juan Bautista Rael (1900-1993), a Stanford University professor and linguist, collected these recordings of alabados (hymns), folk drama, wedding songs, and dance tunes in 1940 in New Mexico. Textual transcriptions (in Spanish) are available for many of the 146 audio titles. The Research Materials section provides access to recording logs, correspondence about the collection, and the full text of the introduction to Rael's The New Mexican Alabado, as well as the text of an article by Rael on New Mexican Wedding Songs.
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