Alejo Carpentier and the Musical Text.pdf

Alejo Carpentier and the Musical Text.pdf


Widely known for his novels El reino de este mundo (The Kingdom of this World) and Los pasos perdidos (The Lost Steps), the Swiss-born Cuban writer Alejo Carpentier (1904-1980) incorporated music in his fiction extensively, for instance in titles, in analogies with musical forms, in scenes depicting performances, recordings and broadcasts, and in characters' discussions of musical issues. Chornik's study focuses on Carpentier's writings from a musicological perspective, bridging intermediality and intertextuality through an examination of music as formative, as form, and as performed. The emphasis lies on the novels Los pasos perdidos, El acoso (The Chase), Concierto barroco (Baroque Concerto) and La consagracion de la primavera (The Rite of Spring), and on his unknown essay Los origenes de la musica y la musica primitiva (The Origins of Music and Primitive Music), the repository of ideas for Los pasos perdidos, included here for the first time as facsimile and in English translation. Chornik's study will appeal to scholars and students in literary studies, cultural studies, musicology and ethnomusicology, and to a specifically interdisciplinary readership.


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