Research Lines

Inspired by the political and social events of the places where he lived and worked, Manuel Areu composed zarzuelas and dramas. The musical works composed by him are transcribed to be performed, and the manuscripts about his life and work are researched and analyzed within the cultural, political, and social contexts in which they were created and performed. The analysis brings to the picture important aspects of the development of performing arts in crucial historical moments such as the Cuban revolutionary war of independence; the Mexican revolution; the struggles of mining workers in Northern Mexico and Arizona; the beginning of cinema in Hollywood; the musical and historical connections of New Orleans and Cuba; the insights of history of entertainment in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands; and also the beginning of the conflicted relations between these two countries.

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