Aaron Copland in Latin America : music and cultural politics /

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University of Illinois Press,, Urbana, United States, p.xi, 317 pages : (2023)

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(OCoLC)fst01051900, (OCoLC)fst01155558, (OCoLC)fst01893393, (OCoLC)fst01909911, 20th century., BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Music., bisacsh, Cultural diplomacy, Cultural diplomacy., fast, History, Latin America, MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Classical., Music and diplomacy, Music and diplomacy., Pan-Americanism, Pan-Americanism., Travel.


"Between 1941 and 1963, Aaron Copland made four government-sponsored tours of Latin America that drew extensive attention at home and abroad. Interviews with eyewitnesses, previously untapped Latin American press accounts, and Copland's diaries inform Carol A. Hess's in-depth examination of the composer's approach to cultural diplomacy. As Hess shows, Copland's tours facilitated an exchange of music and ideas with Latin American composers while capturing the tenor of United States diplomatic efforts at various points in history. In Latin America, Copland's introduced works by U.S. composers, including himself, through lectures, radio broadcasts, live performance, and conversations. Back at home, he used his celebrity to draw attention to regional composers he admired. Hess's focus on Latin America's reception of Copland provides a variety of outside perspectives on the composer and his mission. She also teases out the broader meanings behind reviews of Copland and examines his critics in the context of their backgrounds, training, aesthetics, and politics"--Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-304) and index.Part I : A citizen diplomat prepares. Introduction ; Copland and the beginnings of U.S. cultural diplomacy ; Copland as good neighbor -- Part II : Copland, Latin America, and World War II. Diplomat "in the field" ; Copland in Argentina ; Copland in Brazil ; Copland in Chile ; The Americas at war -- Part III : Copland, Latin America, and the Postwar. The early Cold War ; Shifting ground and the crisis of modernism ; The Sixties ; Latin American classical music and memory.