Dissertation Abstracts

César Guerra-Peixe: Modernity Looking For A Tradition

Author: Barros, Frederico M, fredericobarros@hotmail.com.br
Department: Sociology
University: Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
Supervisor: Leopoldo Garcia Pinto Waizbort
Year of completion: 2013
Language of dissertation: Portuguese

Keywords: Brazilian concert mu , César Guerra-Peixe , Modernity , Traditions
Areas of Research: Historical and Comparative Sociology , Arts , Biography and Society


This thesis is a sociological investigation of Brazilian concert music of the 1940s and 50s. The focal point of the research is Cesar Guerra-Peixe’s compositional trajectory along these two decades, guided by a study of his letters, writings, interviews and, above all, the music he composed during this period. Through a discussion of Guerra-Peixe’s relationship with his peers, the thesis strives to shed light on how he responded compositionally to the problems and debates of his time. The investigation is approached through the complex relationship between modernity and tradition in his works.

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