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Local musicking in Mário de Andrade and Fernando Lopes Graça's journalism

Grant number: 18/26529-1
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): May 01, 2020
Effective date (End): August 31, 2022
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Arts - Music
Principal researcher:Flávia Camargo Toni
Grantee:Guilhermina Maria Lopes de Carvalho Santos
Home Institution: Instituto de Estudos Brasileiros (IEB). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:16/05318-7 - Local musicking: new pathways for ethnomusicology, AP.TEM

Abstract

Intellectuals that expressed, in their work as creator, researcher, critic and educator, concernings about the relations of art music and local traditions, were central figures in the 20th century. Their texts (essays, pedagogical works, criticism) are an important source for the study of the aesthetical debates of the time. In this project, we propose an analysis of selected journalistic texts of two of these personalities: Mário de Andrade (1893-1945) in Brazil and Fernando Lopes-Graça (1906-1994) in Portugal. We chose musical journalism considering its broader circulation, its character of immediate response to the debates of the time and its propositive nature, which can help us understand the development of their aesthetical thought. A preliminary litérature review pointed some central questions, from which we can part in order to delimitate the scope of the articles to be written. Between the themes we can highlight the dichotomies local/universal, popular/art music, rural/urban, and the relation between music and language. The analysis of the corpus, in relation to referred texts and personalities, can contribute to contextualize the authors in relation to European and American aesthetical and ideological thought of their time and, mainly, to trace musical circuits and their particularities. (AU)