Creating Music of the Americas in the Cold War: Alberto Ginastera and the Inter-American Music Festivals

by Payne, Alyson Marie

Abstract (Summary)
This thesis examines the Inter-American Music Festivals, and how the festivals subsequently affected noted Argentine composer, Alberto Ginastera. These festivals, held in Washington D.C. and sponsored by the Organization of American States, arose during the height of the United States-Soviet conflict, when hemispheric solidarity safeguarded against communism’s encroachment. The festival’s aims of an inter-American alliance affected the music selected, which also had repercussions for the composers participating. Ginastera’s career offers the most intriguing intersection of politics of inter-Americanism and creative impetus. In 1958, Ginastera was on the cusp of a stylistic change from nationalism to serialism. In his Second String Quartet, commissioned for the first festival, Ginastera assimilated international trends into his markedly Argentinean style. By 1961, Ginastera had completely immersed himself in avant-garde techniques. Ginastera’s switch to a highly dissonant, serialist style, when placed within the context of Cold War inter-Americanism, sheds new light on the composer and his compositions.
Bibliographical Information:


School:Bowling Green State University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:inter american music festivals alberto ginastera cold war roque cordero string quartet no 2 cantata for magic america


Date of Publication:01/01/2007

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