Latin American Classical Composers

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Building on the strengths of the first edition, the second edition of Latin American Classical Composers: A Biographical Dictionary presents expanded and updated coverage of its topic with an aim to be comprehensive. The authors have conducted exhaustive research to fill in gaps and correct minor errors in the first edition, adding young composers and documenting deaths since 1996, when the first edition appeared. Hundreds of composers are represented in this volume, which presents biographical data, including ...
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Overview

Building on the strengths of the first edition, the second edition of Latin American Classical Composers: A Biographical Dictionary presents expanded and updated coverage of its topic with an aim to be comprehensive. The authors have conducted exhaustive research to fill in gaps and correct minor errors in the first edition, adding young composers and documenting deaths since 1996, when the first edition appeared. Hundreds of composers are represented in this volume, which presents biographical data, including dates of birth and death, personal information about composers' background and training, and a selective listing of each composer's works. Sources for further study are noted within each entry. An index of composers by country rounds out this work.

"Although the authors of this condensed biographical dictionary claim to have restricted the entries to 'composers who have written in the classical or cultivated tradition,' a few composers of salon music are also included. Compiles brief biographical information on 377 composers from Argentina, 30 from Bolivia, 171 from Brazil, 77 from Chile, seven from Paraguay, and 42 from Uruguay; also provides short lists of works. Despite the undeniable need for a reference work such as this, the brevity of treatment given to major names makes it of very limited use for specialists"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

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Editorial Reviews

Ethnomusicology
Review of previous edition:
...opens up the realm of usual discourse concerning classical and contemporary music to include those who are not Euroamerican.
American Reference Books Annual
This is an important addition to the body of material that is available on Latin American composers and a valuable research tool for those interested in the classical music of Latin America.
Notes
Review of previous edition:
One learns a lot by reading these entries...fills a gap in musicological studies and will be indispensable to music students and scholars in general.
CHOICE
Review of previous edition:
"...a useful reference source. As interest in Latin American history and culture continues to grow, it will be important to have this and other up-to-date reference sources."
Notes: Quarterly Journal of Music Library Association
Review of previous edition: One learns a lot by reading these entries...fills a gap in musicological studies and will be indispensable to music students and scholars in general.....
Choice
This dictionary will continue to be a valuable resource for basic information on composers associated with Latin America.
American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
This is an important addition to the body of material that is available on Latin American composers and a valuable research tool for those interested in the classical music of Latin America.
Notes: The Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association
Review of previous edition:
One learns a lot by reading these entries...fills a gap in musicological studies and will be indispensable to music students and scholars in general.
Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association
Review of previous edition:
One learns a lot by reading these entries...fills a gap in musicological studies and will be indispensable to music students and scholars in general.
Library Journal
From 32 published and five substantial personal/institutional sources and from some individual "interested parties," the compilers (including Argentina-born Ficher, a research chemist and lexicographer) have gathered, corrected, and updated information on historical and contemporary composers of art music from 21 countries south of the U.S. border. Each entry in this alphabetically arranged dictionary gives country of origin, dates of birth and death, information on education and career, a selected works list, and sources of information about the composer. There is a short bibliography and an index of composers by country. The most comprehensive one-volume source available for information about Latin American composers, this is recommended for large biographical or music collections.-Bonnie Jo Dopp, Univ. of Maryland, College Park
Booknews
Contains alphabetical entries on past and present Latin American composers in the classical or cultivated tradition. Entries contain birth and death dates, information on background and training, listings of selected works, and sources for further study. Includes an index of composers by country. For scholars and musicians. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810845176
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2002
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 668
  • Product dimensions: 1.50 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Miguel Ficher is President of the Mary Louise Curtis branch of the Settlement Music School and a member of the Musical Fund Society, Philadelphia. Martha Furman Schleifer is Senior Editor of Hildegard Publishing Co. and a member of the music history faculty at Temple University, Pennsylvania. John M. Furman is a member of the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Preface to the first edition Chapter 3 Preface to the second edition Chapter 4 Acknowledgments Chapter 5 Guidelines for Use Chapter 6 General Abbreviations Chapter 7 Sources Chapter 8 The Dictionary A-Z Chapter 9 Composers by Country Chapter 10 Additional Bibliography Chapter 11 About the Editors
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