January 18, 1949
German-born Uruguayan musicologist Francisco Curt Lange, director of the Instituto Interamericano de Musicologia, Montevideo, gave an illustrated lecture on "The History and Evolution of Music in Latin America." Born Franz Curt Lange in Ellenburg, Germany, in 1903 and trained as an architecht as well as in musicology, Lange came to South America in 1923, and quickly established himself as the leading scholar of Uruguayan, Brazilian and Argentinian music of the 18th and 19th centuries. In his illustrated lecture at Vassar, he noted that musicology had a short history in Latin America and told his audience in Skinner Hall that many of the original manuscripts of the region's music had been destroyed by disaster and carelessness.
Music by contemporary Latin American musicians, he said, according to The Miscellany News, was "patterned by, (1) the national tendency, which included their heritage of primitive and folklore rhythms and (2) the universal syncopation tendency. Workers in music are now trying to bring about a synchronization of these trends to produce a new heritage of Latin American music. Dr. Lange showed slides of native musicians and carnivals and explained many of the native instruments and musical practices."