Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS)



First Advisor

Dr. Sue Zanne Williamson Urbis

Second Advisor

Dr. Carol S. McNabb

Third Advisor

Richard Urbis


The project "Three Violin Sonatas by Twentieth Century Mexican Composers: an Alternative to the Standard Violin Literature with Pedagogical Application" has as its objectives to introduce violin music by Mexican composers to the community of the Rio Grande Valley, to demonstrate how these works can become part of the standard violin repertoire, and to develop pedagogical strategies for teaching these pieces.

To start this project, it was necessary to choose and incorporate the following composers: Manuel Maria Ponce Cuellar because he is the most known and prolific composer in Mexico and also well-known around the world; Blas Galindo Dimas because he contributed enormously to the Mexican Nationalism; and finally, Joaquin Gutierrez Heras because he is a composer from Puebla, musically one of the most important states in Mexico, and also because he has a very distinctive style of writing. Even though these three composers have a very different style of writing and approach, they each exhibit elements of Mexican Nationalism in their musical compositions.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas at Brownsville