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National dance and folk elements in Argentine cello compositions

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Witt, P (2008) National dance and folk elements in Argentine cello compositions. PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
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