Hess explores this phenomenon by tracking the reception in the United States of the so-called Big Three: Carlos Chavez (Mexico), Heitor Villa-Lobos (Brazil), and Alberto Ginastera (Argentina). She also evaluates several important US composers and critics-Copland, Thomson, Rosenfeld, and others-in relation to Pan Americanism, and offers a new interpretation of a work about Latin America by US composer Fredric Rzewski, 36 Variations on "The People United Will Never Be Defeated!" Whether discussing works performed in modern music concerts of the 1920s, at the 1939 World's Fair, the inauguration of the New York State Theater in 1966, or for the US Bicentennial, Hess illuminates ways in which North-South relations continue to inform our understanding of Latin American art music today. As the first book to examine in detail the critical reception of Latin American music in the United States, Representing the Good Neighbor promises to be a landmark in the field of American music studies, and will be essential reading for students and scholars of music in the US and Latin America during the twentieth-century. It will also appeal to historians studying US-Latin America relations, as well as general readers interested in the history of American music.
Carol A. Hess teaches in the Music Department at the University of California, Davis. She has received the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award and the American Musicological Society’s Robert M. Stevenson Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Iberian Music, among other prizes. Her books include Manuel de Falla and Modernism in Spain, 1898-1936 (University of Chicago Press, 2001) and Sacred Passions: The Life and Music of Manuel de Falla (Oxford University Press, 2005) and her articles have appeared in the Journal of the Society for American Music, Brahms Studies, Journal of the American Musicological Society, and various Spanish-language publications. Twice a Fulbright Lecturer, she has taught in Spain and Argentina. Her most recent book, Representing the Good Neighbor: Music, Difference, and the Pan American Dream (Oxford University Press, 2013), treats music and cultural diplomacy between the United States and Latin America.
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