Journal article

The Learned Style in Argentine Music: Topic Simultaneity and Rhetorics of Identity in the Work of Carlos Guastavino

M Plesch

Portuguese Journal of Musicology / Revista Portuguesa de Musicologi | Universidade Nova de Lisboa | Published : 2017


This article examines the interplay of European and Argentine vernacular topics in two works by Carlos Guastavino: ‘Un domingo de mañana’ (A Sunday Morning), a three-part fugue from his Diez preludios for piano (1952) that combines the learned style with the topic of the children’s song, and the fourth movement—‘Fuga y final’—of his Sonata for piano in C sharp minor (1946), whose subject uses the topic of a South American folk dance and song called cueca. The learned style is not only present through the fugal procedure, but also by the use of a specific subtopic, briefly presented here, that connects these works to the Baroque organ tradition and its nineteenth-century reception in piano mu..

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