Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Tresillo: A rhythmic framework connecting differing rhythmic styles
by Acquista, Andrew, M.M., California State University, Long Beach, 2009, 66; 1472279
Abstract (Summary)

This paper examines the origins of the rhythm known as tresillo. Through transcriptions and analysis an examination will be made noting the systematic use of this rhythm in musical structures from Africa, Brazil and Cuba. This paper also explores the roots of tresillo as stemming from the African 3:2 cross-rhythm and the evolution of clave from the 12-bell pattern. Finally the challenging aspects of "swing" in non-Western, Afro-centric music are discussed.

A variety of sources were used to gain the necessary information about tresillo and the music presented: books, dissertations and journals written by ethnomusicologists, interviews and lessons with master teachers and information found on the world wide web. Through this paper, I hope to provide insight into more accurate performance practice of the rhythms presented, and the evolution of tresillo and clave, which is relevant in a musical world that is being ever increasingly blended with different influences from around the globe.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Forney, Kristine
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 48/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music
Publication Number: 1472279
ISBN: 978-1-109-47219-6
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