Ginastera: Twelve American Preludes - 3. Creole Dance





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Uploaded on Jan 9, 2012

Pianist: Alexander Panizza

Alberto Ginastera (1916 - 1983)
Twelve American preludes (Doce preludios americanos), Op. 12 (1944)

Alberto Ginastera was an Argentine composer of classical music and one of the most significant Latin American composers of the 20th century. His works embraced everything from nationalism to atonality and serialism, whilst drawing on folk melodies and rhythms. Ginastera divided his oeuvre into three distinct stylistic periods: Objective Nationalism, Subjective Nationalism, and Neo-Expressionism. The Twelve American Preludes, written in 1944, belong to the Subjective Nationalism period, with more intense rhythmic dissonance than found in his earlier pieces. These twelve miniatures both pay homage to Ginastera's composer friends and make use of traditional Argentinian folk melodies. As such, the use of the word "American" in the title refers not just to the United States, but to the American continent.

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