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In Havana and Paris: The musical activities of Alejo Carpentier

Rae, Caroline ORCID: 2008. In Havana and Paris: The musical activities of Alejo Carpentier. Music and Letters 89 (3) , pp. 373-395. 10.1093/ml/gcn033

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One of the major figures in twentieth-century Latin American literature, the Cuban writer Alejo Carpentier was closely involved with members of the musical, as well as literary, avant-garde during his creative apprenticeship in the inter-war years. Placed as much between the vocations of music and literature as between the cultures of Europe and Latin America, he mounted the first concerts of new music in 1920s Havana, established himself by writing music criticism, and engaged in several musical collaborations with his compatriots Amadeo Roldán and Alejandro García Caturla. After being forced to flee Havana owing to his political activities and the repressive policies of Machado's dictatorship, Carpentier established himself in Paris, where he became associated with an impressively wide circle of composers, including Varèse, Villa-Lobos, Milhaud, and the now little known Marius-François Gaillard. He was also acquainted with Carlos Chávez and knew Jolivet through Varèse. Involving himself in further musical collaborations during his eleven-year residence in Paris (1928–39), a creative cross-fertilization took place between Carpentier and the composers with whom he shared both friendship and artistic kinship.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Music
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0027-4224
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 08:46

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