Drew Edward Davies             Music of New Spain
Drew Edward Davies

Drew Edward Davies (PhD, University of Chicago) is a musicologist who specializes in Mexican and Spanish musics of the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries - repertoires sometimes known as  Mexican colonial music, New Spanish music, Spanish viceregal music, and the Mexican baroque.  His research expands the musical canon of the period by bringing new repertoires to performance, and reconceives it by framing earlier Hispanic musics within transatlantic contexts. His current work focuses on theoretical concepts of genre in Hispanic musics, the dissemination of the galant style, contrafacta and musical reuse, and villancico texts, among other topics.

Professor Davies frequently collaborates with performing musicians. His long-standing relationships with the Chicago Arts Orchestra, the Orchestra of New Spain, and other groups have revived significant works by Santiago Billoni (c1700-c1763), Ignacio Jerusalem (1707-1769), Francisco Javier García Fajer (1730-1809), Antonio de Salazar (c1650-1715), and other composers. Some of this music can be heard on the album Al combate with the Chicago Arts Orchestra. His critical edition of the complete works of Billoni is available from A-R Editions. 

His essays appear in Music and Urban Society in Colonial Latin America (Cambridge University Press), The Courtesan’s Arts: Cross-Cultural Perspectives (Oxford University Press), La ópera en el templo. Estudios sobre el compositor Francisco J. García Fajer (Instituto de Estudios Riojanos), Early Music, Sanctorum, Boletín Música and other publications. He has presented his work at conferences, invited colloquia, and performances throughout the United States, as well as in Mexico, Canada, Cuba, Brazil, Chile, Spain, Britain, Italy, Poland, Ukraine, Japan, and China.

As Academic Coordinator of the Seminario de Música en la Nueva España y el México Independiente in Mexico City, Professor Davies is working with an international team of scholars on several projects, including a multi-volume catalog of the music manuscripts conserved at Mexico City Cathedral. His work at Durango, Mexico has produced the dissertation “The Italianized Frontier: Music at Durango Cathedral, Español Culture, and the Aesthetics of Devotion in Eighteenth-Century New Spain,” winner of the 2006 Wiley Housewright Award from the Society for American Music, Catálogo de la Colección de Música del Archivo Histórico de la Arquidiócesis de Durango, a major thematic catalog of New Spanish music, published in co-edition by the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and the Apoyo al Desarrollo de Archivos y Bibliotecas de México, in Mexico City.

Dr. Davies is Associate Professor of Musicology at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music in Evanston, Illinois, where he teaches courses such as The Music of New Spain, Medieval Music, Beethoven, and Music and Gypsies, advises doctoral work in Hispanic and American musics, and strives to enrich a culture inclusive of both early and new music. Inquiries about his work from scholars, performers, and the public are welcomed.