Serialism in Latin America

Heile, B. (2023) Serialism in Latin America. In: Iddon, M. (ed.) Cambridge Companion to Serialism. Series: Cambridge Companions to Music. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781108716864

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According to standard accounts, twentieth-century music in Latin America was dominated by ‘folkloristic nationalism’. As this chapter demonstrates, however, there have been a number of lively serialist movements that, after gaining a foothold in Buenos Aires in the 1930s, gradually coalesced to achieve a modicum of mainstream and institutional acceptance across much of the Continent by the 1960s. This story not only provides an important facet of the region’s music history, but it also touches on crucial issues beyond that, such as the way artistic innovations are disseminated; the role of migration and national, regional and international networks, such as the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM); the varying connections between aesthetic ideas and ideological and political principles; and debates about progress and tradition, national culture and universalism. The history of serialism in Latin America thus to an extent mirrors that in other regions but adds some specific elements.

Item Type:Book Sections
Keywords:Serialism, dodecaphony, Latin America, Juan Carlos Paz, Hans-Joachim Koellreutter, Eunice Katunda, Estéban Eitler, Fré Focke, Roque Cordero.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Heile, Professor Bjorn
Authors: Heile, B.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Music
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
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