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Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation


Fine Arts



First Advisor

Melanie Kjellsen


As a first generation Mexican-American, it is crucial that I advocate and promote music of the culture I grew up in. This project aims to unearth Mexican compositional techniques that derive from the fusion of European and Indigenous roots in an effort to promote diversity within the realm of Western Classical music. Music in Mexico is characterized by a unique blend of indigenous rhythms, European classical structures, and regional folk influences. This project will discuss how the bold timbre of the French horn intertwines with traditional Mexican and indigenous melodies, rhythms, and forms that create a unique style. The horn’s ability to evoke a wide range of emotions contributes to its popularity in both celebratory and solemn musical contexts.

French horn music in Mexico stands as a testament to the country's musical diversity. Rooted in historical influences, the French horn has become an integral part of both classical and folk music traditions. Its continued presence in contemporary musical expressions showcases the instrument's adaptability and enduring appeal, making French horn music an essential component of Mexico's vibrant musical culture.

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