Orchestral Music in Urban Brazil, 1920-1950
Brazil officially entered a modernist phase in 1922 and composers of the 1930s and 40s responded to new ideological rhetoric by targeting a distinctly nationalist aesthetic. Symphonic poems, ballet suites, and the re-working of popular, colorful piano works for orchestral timbres lent a new dimension to Brazil’s urban concert hall repertory, one seemingly more concerned with systematic brasilidade, at least in part a rejection of external, neo-colonial influences. This Webinar presentation features the music of Villa-Lobos, Francisco Mignone, and M. Camargo Guarnieri.
The webinar was recorded on February 20, 2015.