Aztec Music Culture

Arnd Adje Both

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This paper reviews the ethnohistoric record of the Aztec music culture that flourished during the Late Postclassic period of Mesoamerica, AD 1325-1521. The written sources from the early colonial period suggest that among the Aztecs a differentiation was made between temple music practiced by specialized priests and court music practiced by professional musicians. Moreover, information is related on the religious concepts of sound, revealing important insights into the musical knowledge of Late Postclassic Mesoamerica. In this context, archaeological and music iconographical data is also considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-104
Number of pages14
JournalWorld of Music
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


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