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Cristina Magaldi
Towson University (Towson, MD 21252-0001)

Summer Stipends
Research Programs

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$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2009 – 8/31/2009

Sounds of Civilization and Progress: Music and Cosmopolitanism in Rio de Janeiro at the Turn of the 20th Century

The work investigates the role of music in shaping Rio de Janeiro's urban culture at the turn of the 20th century (1889-1914) and examines the sonic symbols of the new Republican political and intellectual motto "civilization and progress." The goals are: to characterize the city's sonic Belle époque; to examine the diversification of public entertainment and the emergence of a local music industry before WWI; to assess musical fashions and their connections to cosmopolitan ideals of the Belle époque; and to understand the links between music, early discussions of national identity, and the early stages of the international dissemination of music. During the summer of 2009, I will examine the vogue in Rio de Janeiro for French works that use special orchestral effects to describe landscapes. My focus will be on the relationship between the music by French composers, the concert repertory and music criticism in Rio de Janeiro, and works produced by composers active in Rio.