The Benson Latin American Collection

Johannes Riedel Papers, 1939-1989



Descriptive Summary

Creator Riedel, Johannes, 1913-1996
Title Johannes Riedel Papers
Dates: 1939-1989
Abstract Papers of music professor and conductor Johannes Riedel include academic writings, sheet music, lyrics, clippings, and recorded folk and popular music from Ecuador, with a special focus on the pasillo and sanjuanito song forms.
Accession No. 1984-04
Extent 5.5 linear feet
Language English, Spanish and German
Repository Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Johannes Riedel was born in Neustadt, Poland in 1913.  After graduating from the University of Berlin with a degree in musicology, he fled Nazi Germany to Ecuador with his fiancée and her parents, who were Jewish.  While living in Guayaquil, Ecuador from 1938-1948, he worked as a musician, music teacher, arranger, and conductor, serving at the Colegio Normal Rita Lecumberri as well as at a fledgling record company, IFESA.  Riedel studied and collected the mesomúsica of regions in Ecuador.

In 1948 Riedel moved to California, where he earned a B.A. and then Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. Riedel taught at the University of Minnesota from 1953-1983, where he served for twenty years as the music graduate program director.  His research spanned from the mesomúsica of Ecuador, to music education and sociology of music, to the Black musicians pioneering jazz, ragtime, and the blues.


Scope and Contents Note

The personal papers of Johannes Riedel consist of 5.5 linear feet of materials. Materials include clippings, manuscript and published sheet music, academic papers, and audio recordings of music and lectures. The collection represents Riedel's life in 1930s Ecuador, through to his work on Ecuadorian folk music while he was on the faculty at the University of Minnesota.  The music itself is presented in published sheet music, Riedel's manuscript compositions and arrangements, and recordings. A pioneering computer-aided music study by Riedel and colleagues is represented by the published study as well as the programming worksheets and grant applications.  Both academic lectures and popular presentations given by Riedel are included, as typed drafts, audio recordings, and in bound collections.  As a whole, this collection focuses heavily on Riedel’s work on the pasillo and sanjuanito songs of Ecuador.

The collection has been arranged into five series: Clippings and Printed Materials, Sheet Music, Academic Papers, Audio Recordings, and Oversized Materials.

The Clippings and Printed Materials Series contains a map of Ecuador, an undated Ecuadorian music catalog, and copies of clippings about Riedel's activities in Ecuador from 1938-1969 (bulk 1938-1949), which are arranged chronologically. The original scrapbook of clippings is included with the Oversized Materials.

The Sheet Music Series contains manuscript and published sheet music, and has been organized into three subseries: 1) Arrangements by Riedel, arranged alphabetically by song title for loose manuscripts, with collected manuscripts and notebooks following (please note that musical notebook #9 was not included in the accession.) 2) Compositions by Riedel. 3) Published Ecuadorian sheet music, arranged alphabetically by composer.

The Academic Papers Series has been organized into three subseries: 1) Academic writings by Riedel, arranged by language. 3) Collected volumes of papers (containing work by Riedel.) 3) Computer Aided Study of Ecuadorian Urban Music.

The Audio Recordings Series has been organized into four subseries: 1) Music on reel-to-reel tapes, arranged sequentially. 2) Ecuadorian music on 78 rpm records, arranged sequentially. 3) Music on cassette tapes, arranged sequentially. 4) Lectures, broadcasts, and presentations (on assorted media), arranged by language.

The Oversized Materials Series includes Riedel's scrapbook of news clippings, and an LP record with its liner notes.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

Standard copyright restrictions apply.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Riedel, Johannes, 1913-1996--Archives
Subjects
Ecuador--Music--Sources
Ethnomusicology--Latin America
Folk music--Ecuador
Pasillos
Popular music--Ecuador
Places
Ecuador

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Johannes Riedel Papers, Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, the University of Texas at Austin.

Acquisition Information

Donation.

Accession numbers: 1984-04, 1996-48.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Kristen Van Winkle (Simmons College Intern), 2018.

Additions

No further materials are expected for this collection.


Box and Folder Inventory

Clippings and Printed Materials

Box Folder
1 1 News clippings, 1939-1940
2 News clippings, 1941-1942
3 News clippings, 1943-1944
4 News clippings, 1945-1946
5 News clippings, 1947-1949
6 News clippings, 1969
7 Map of Ecuador, undated
8 Catalog of Ecuadorian music, undated



Sheet Music

Box Folder
1 Arrangements by Riedel
9 Manuscript arrangements A-C, undated
10 Manuscript arrangements D-F, undated
11 Manuscript arrangements G-K, undated
12 Manuscript arrangements L-O, undated
13 Manuscript arrangements P, undated
14 Manuscript arrangements Q-Z, undated
15 Collected manuscript arrangements, undated
16 Continued collected manuscript arrangements, undated
17 Arrangement of "Himno de la Asociación de Empleados," 1937
Box Folder
2 1 Musical notebook #1, undated
2 Musical notebook #2, undated
3 Musical notebook #3, undated
4 Musical notebook #4, undated
5 Musical notebook #5, undated
6 Musical notebook #6, undated
7 Musical notebook #7, undated
8 Musical notebook #8, undated
[Notebook #9 was not included in the original accession]
9 Musical notebook #10, undated
Box Folder
3 1 Musical notebook #11, undated
2 Musical notebook #12, undated
Compositions by Riedel
3 Original manuscript compositions, undated
4 Continued original manuscript compositions, undated
5 Viva, Viva La Música preliminary layouts, undated
6 Viva, Viva La Música proposed layouts, undated
7 Viva, Viva La Música-Cancianeros para segundo grado dibjuos originales, undated
8 Viva, Viva La Música published copies, undated
9 Bound copy of Canciones para las escuelas primeras, primera parte, undated
10 Bound copy of Canciones escolares para los 4, 5, 6° grados, undated
Box Folder
4 Published Ecuadorian sheet music
1 Songs by composers Arauz-Falquz, 1910-1948, undated
2 Songs by composers Godoy-Morán, 1921-1948, undated
3 Songs by composers Ojedas-Paredes, undated
4 Songs by composers Safadi-Salgado, 1931-1948, undated
5 Songs by composers Toral-Veintimilla, undated



Academic Papers

Box Folder
4 Academic writings by Riedel
6 Johannes Riedel Curriculum Vitae, 1979-1980
7 Papers (2) on "Ecuadorean Popular Musics," 1980, undated
8 Untitled paper, 1948
9a Lecture on pre-Colombian musical instruments, undated
9b Supporting photographs for lecture on pre-Colombian musical instruments, undated
10 Lecture -"The Indian Harp, the Rondador, and other self-made Ecuadorian instruments," undated
11 Lecture - "The Pasillo," undated
12 Lecture - "The Sanjuanito," undated
13 Untitled lectures (3) in English, undated
14 Broadcast scripts - "Folk Music of Ecuador," undated
15 "Report-Summary on Urban Popular Music in Ecuador: Its Social Role and Transmission," 1968
16 Manuscript - "Music in Ecuador" (English version), 1982
[For an audio recording of this presentation, see Box 9, Folders 1-4]
17 Article - "The Ecuadorian Pasillo: Is it Música Popular, Música Nacional, or Música Folklórica?," 1983
18 Manuskript - "Ekuadorianische Musik" (German version), 1982
[For an audio recording of this presentation, see Box 9, Folders 10-12]
19 Untitled lecture notes in Spanish, undated
20 Lecture - "Introdución," delivered in Guayaquil, 1939
21 Article - "H.C.J.B. y el Folklore-Ecuatoriano Verdado," 1945
22 "Bibliografía Afro-Ecuatoriana," 1963
23 Script - "Estudio Etnomusical" by Fr. Carlos Alberto G. Coba Andrade, edited by Johannes Riedel, 1970-1971
Collected volumes of papers
24 "Ecuadorean Ethnomusicology: A Preliminary Introduction into Ecuador's Mesomúsica" in The Scope of Scholarship, 1966
Box Folder
5 1 "Music and Social Change" in Aspects of Technological Development and Social Change, 1974
2 Sacra/Profana: Studies in Sacred and Secular Music for Johannes Riedel, 1985
Computer Aided Study of Ecuadorean Urban Music
3 Correspondence about research grant for computer aided study, 1968-1970
4 Draft - "A Computer Aided Study of Ecuadorean Urban Music" by Charles G. Boody and Johannes Riedel, undated
5 Paper - "A Computer Aided Study of Ecuadorean Urban Music," 1981
6 Fortran coding forms, Part A, undated
7 Fortran coding forms, Part B, undated
8 Fortran coding forms, Part C, undated
9 Fortran coding forms, Part D, undated
10 Fortran coding forms, Part E, undated
11 Fortran coding forms, Part F, undated
12 Fortran coding forms, Part G, undated



Audio Recordings

Box Folder
6 Music on reel-to-reel tapes
1 Ecuadorean jazz, Butch Thompson on piano, undated
2 Ecuadorean band music by Chuck Sigmund, undated
3 Jíbano Indian music, 1957
4 Music by Lucho Burbano and Caspri Shungo, undated
5 Ecuadorean folk music, Sierra, 1975
6 "El Indio Loreñzo, Somos los indios rosos" (Danzantes), undated
7 "Los Brilliantes" by Perral Velasco, undated
Box Folder
7 Ecuadorian music on 78 rpm records
1 IFESA 25 Años (IFESA), 1971
[This is a placeholder for the IFESA record. Please see Oversized Materials, Folder 1]
2 Anhelos (Pasillo) / Palomita Errante (Pasacalle) (Orion), undated
3 El Sahumeriante (Danzante) / Acuérdate de Mí (Pasillo) (Orion), undated
4 No Llores Corazón (Pasillo) / Orfandad (Vals) (Disco Ecuador), undated
5 Palomita Hermosa (Pasillo) / Angustia (Sanjuanito) (Condor), undated
6 Siempre Sere Bueno (Pasillo) / Por Ti (Pasillo) (Disco Ecuador), undated
7 Ay, Amores Hallarás (Sanjuanito) / Marianta (Pasillo) (Orion), undated
8 Ruego (Pasillo) / Cenizas de Ayer (Pasillo) (Orion), undated
9 Tardes Quiteñas (Paso Doble) / Estrella de Amor (Vals) (Disco Ecuador), undated
10 Amor Inmenso (Tonada) / Petalo Final (Pasillo) (Condor), undated
11 Anhelo Albaso / Zamarenda Danza Incaica (no label), undated
12 Mi Plegaria (Pasillo) / Estancias de Amor (Vals) (Orion), undated
13 Vuelve Cariñito (Pasacalle) / Abre Tus Puertas (Pasillo) (Condor), undated
14 Hacia el Ayer (Pasillo) / Amargo Recuerdo (Vals) (Disco Ecuador), undated
15 Copy of Linda Baneñita (Sanjuanito) / Con "A" Se Escribe Tu Nombre (Danzante) (handwritten label), undated
16 Palabras de Otoño (Pasillo) / Ingratitud (Albazo) (Disco Ecuador), undated
17 Alma Lojana (Pasillo) / Chapita de Ronda (Sanjuanito) (Onix), undated
18 Puro Vacilon (Guaracha) / Porque Llegastes (Bolero) (Orion), undated
19 Copy of Puro Vacilon (Guaracha) / Porque Llegastes (Bolero) (Orion), undated
20 Amar con Alma (Pasillo) / Bailando Me Despido (Sanjuanito) (Odeon), undated
21 Lo Que el Viento Se Llevo (Pasillo) / La Danza de Mi Sombrero (Sanjuanito) (Disco Ecuador), undated
22 Tres Años (Bolero) / La Mujer y La Gallina (Guaracha) (Orion), undated
23 Longa Dolores (Danzante) / No Llores Tu Amor (Aire Típico) (Victor), undated
24 Desengaño (Pasillo) / Rumi-Shungo (Albazo) (Orion), undated
25 Sombras (Pasillo) / Amor Mio (Aire Típico) (Orion), undated
26 Manabi (Pasillo) / Peshte Longuita (Sanjuanito) (Disco Ecuador), undated
27 Linda Baneñita (Sanjuanito) / Con "A" Se Escribe Tu Nombre (Danzante) (Orion), undated
28 Vaso de Lagrimas (Pasillo) / Si Te Vas (Aire Típico) (Orion), undated
29 Eterno Amor (Pasillo) / Rumipambeña (Sanjuanito) (Orion), undated
30 En Las Lejanias (Pasillo) / Ofrenda (Vals) (Orion), undated
31 Anhelos (Pasillo) / Palomita Errante (Pasacalle) (Orion), undated
32 Baños Tierra Mia (Pasacalle) / Anhelos (Pasillo) (Orion), undated
33 Rosa Amarilis (Pasacalle) / Triste Abandono (Pasillo) (Onix), undated
34 Serrania Ecuatoriana (Pasacalle) / Zamarenda (Danza Incaica) (Orion), undated
35 (title illegible, handwritten label), undated
36 Vamos Linda (Pasillo) / Ausente de Tu Lado (Vals) (Orion), undated
37 La Negra Micaela (Rumba) / Soy Purito Borincano (Corrido) (Orion), undated
38 Que Pollo (Guaracha) / Musica (Polka) (Orion), undated
39 Por Creer un Juramento (Pasillo) / Abandono (Sanjuanito) (Orion), undated
40 Album sleeves and indexes, undated
Box Folder
8 Music on cassette tapes
1 Archive of Southwestern Music recording notes, "Achuara Drama and Music," 1977-1978
2 "Achuara Drama and Music, Part 1," 1977-1978
3 "Achuara Drama and Music, Part 2," 1977-1978
4 "Achuara Drama and Music, Part 3," 1977-1978
5 "Achuara Drama and Music, Part 4," 1977-1978
6 "Achuara Drama and Music, Part 5," 1977-1978
7 "Achuara Drama and Music, Part 6," 1977-1978
Box Folder
9 Lectures, broadcasts, and presentations
1 Broadcast - "Music in Ecuador, Part 1" (reel-to-reel), English, 1982
2 Broadcast - "Music in Ecuador, Part 2" (reel-to-reel), English, 1982
3 Broadcast - "Music in Ecuador, Part 3" (reel-to-reel), English, 1982
4 Broadcast - "Music in Ecuador, Part 4" (reel-to-reel), English, 1982
5 Broadcast - "Music in Ecuador, Part 1" (cassette), English, 1982
6 Broadcast - "Music in Ecuador, Part 2" (cassette), English, 1982
7 Broadcast - "Music in Ecuador, Part 3" (cassette), English, 1982
8 Broadcast - "Music in Ecuador, Part 4" (cassette), English, 1982
9 Lecture on the pasillo (cassette), German, 1981
10 Broadcast - "Ecuadorian Music I" (reel-to-reel), German, 1982
11 Broadcast - "Ecuadorian Music II.1" (reel-to-reel), German, 1982
12 Broadcast - "Ecuadorian Music II.2" (reel-to-reel), German, 1982
13 Lecture - "Instrumentales musicales precolombians del Museo del Banco" (reel-to-reel), Spanish, undated
14 Lecture - "Instrumentales musicales precolombians del Museo del Banco" (cassette), Spanish, undated
15 Lecture by John Nuberg at the Museo del Banco in Central Quito, Part I (reel-to-reel), Spanish, undated
16 Lecture by John Nuberg at the Museo del Banco in Central Quito, Part II (reel-to-reel), Spanish, undated
17 Lecture by John Nuberg at the Museo del Banco in Central Quito, Part I (cassette), Spanish, undated
18 Lecture by John Nuberg at the Museo del Banco in Central Quito, Part II (cassette), Spanish, undated
19 "Galápagos autobiographical" (reel-to-reel), Spanish, 1970



Oversized Materials

Box Folder
OV 1 LP record and liner notes - IFESA 25 Años (IFESA), 1971
2 Clippings scrapbook, 1939-1949