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National dance and folk elements in Argentine cello compositions
thesisposted on 2023-05-26, 01:38 authored by Witt, P
This research project focuses on the national dance and folk elements of Argentine compositions for cello and piano and for solo cello. Research has been conducted through the study and performance of these works with the aim of developing musical interpretation skills specific to the repertoire and improving general performance expertise. The outcomes of this research are a series of recorded performances and an accompanying exegesis that contextualises these performances. The scope of the project was limited to 138 musical scores of Argentine cello compositions dating from 1898 to 2005. The research culminated in four major recitals which included performances of works by Argentina's most well-known composers, Alberto Ginastera and Astor Piazzolla. These recitals also included compositions by other established Argentine composers such as Julian Aguirre, Constantino Gaito, Carlos Guastavino, Juan Jose Castro, Washington Castro, Luis Gianneo and Jose Bragato, and introduced new works by Alejandro Iglesias Rossi, Juan Maria Solare, Roberto Segret, Valdo Sciammarella and Roque de Pedro. Recordings of these concerts are appended to the exegesis. The exegesis includes a survey of literature and background information on the musical heritage of Argentina and the history of nationalism in Argentine art music. This background information is followed by the musical analysis of the national dance and folk elements found in the selected Argentine cello repertoire. A significant proportion of the works analysed show evidence of musical elements from tango and indigenous and Creole folk music from Argentina and the majority of these elements have been incorporated with direct nationalistic intent. Instrumental techniques assimilated from folk and tango performance are demonstrated in the performances of this repertoire and discussed in the exegesis.
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