Pub. Date:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Music in Imperial Rio de Janeiro: European Culture in a Tropical Milieu

Music in Imperial Rio de Janeiro: European Culture in a Tropical Milieu

by Cristina Magaldi


Current price is , Original price is $80.0. You

Temporarily Out of Stock Online

Please check back later for updated availability.


This resource is an interesting look at how European culture, particularly European music, related to the social and cultural experiences of the residents of ninteenth-century Rio de Janeiro. The focus is on how Cariocas (residents of Rio de Janeiro) responded to and often imitated different musical styles imported from Europe. After introducing the local musical setting and showing how musical life in imperial Rio de Janeiro reflected Parisian models, the author discusses the importation of operatic repertory, the use of German classical music as the basis of an elite social class, the role of European music in Brazilian theater, and finally, the emergence of a "national" music. Overall, this study reveals European music as a powerful force in the internal processes of political, cultural, social, and ethnic negotiations during the 19th century government of Emperor Pedro II. Musicologists, Latin American historians, and anyone with an interest in urban studies will find much of interest in this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810850255
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 08/23/2004
Pages: 218
Product dimensions: 5.69(w) x 7.72(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Cristina Magaldi is Associate Professor of Music at Towson University and holds degrees in music from the University of Brasília, the University of Reading, England, and the University of California, Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Musical Examplesv
Culture of Imitationix
A New World Empirexv
1Imperial Rio de Janeiro Musical Milieu1
Via Paris1
Brilliant Immigrants6
The Magic Mirror8
The Theater12
Too Much to Do27
2Embracing Opera35
A Tale of Isoldes and Otellos35
A Place to See and Be Seen36
Italian Opera via Paris39
A Local Tradition42
Competing Crazes48
Paying for Opera50
Operatic Subculture55
3Music for the Elite65
A Special Mystique65
Club Mozart70
Club Beethoven73
A Dream Comes True78
Imported Music Criticism85
4Music, Satire, and Politics97
An International Musical Phenomenon97
The Infernal Dance100
The Final Number105
The Operetta Model113
Musical Reviews119
The Politics of Representation124
5The National, the European, the Local, and the Foreign135
Foreign Music as a National Symbol135
Imported Musical Nationalism142
Exotic National Music147
Singing in Portuguese148
A Flexible Border153
About the Author187

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews