Alberto Ginastera

A Research and Information Guide

By Deborah Schwartz-Kates

© 2011 – Routledge

224 pages

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Hardback: 9780415973182
pub: 2010-11-11
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About the Book

Alberto Ginastera: A Research and Information Guide is the first bio-bibliographic study of the composer and the only published book on the subject in English. This work fills a critical gap in contemporary music studies by enriching our knowledge of one of the most compelling creative voices of the Americas. Given the lack of prior systematic attention to Ginastera, this book establishes a firm foundation for future scholarship. It includes a detailed biographical sketch of the composer that quotes extensively from his letters. It summarizes the defining features of his style and encompasses his infrequently explored late works. It offers the most comprehensive catalogue of Ginastera’s music to date and provides an annotated list of his published writings. This book contains over 400 annotated bibliographic entries that refer to critically selected sources in English, Spanish, French, German, and Italian. The last chapter offers new information about archival holdings and internet resources that facilitates research on this composer. An appendix featuring a detailed chronology of Ginastera’s career completes this work.

Table of Contents


State of Ginastera Research

Organization of this Volume



Chapter 1. Alberto Ginastera: An Introduction to His Life and Work

The Formative Years

Early Successes

The Guggenheim Period

Consolidation and Crisis

Expansion and Innovation in the Post-Perón Years

The Di Tella Institute and the First Two Operas

Separation and Change

Tranquility and Nostalgia in Switzerland

Chapter 2. Alberto Ginastera: An Introduction to His Musical Style

Rhythmic Profile

Melodic Resources

Harmonic Structures

Timbral Stategies

Form and Genre

Final Reflections

Chapter 3. Catalogue of Works

Ginastera Catalogues: A Brief History

Organization and Scope of the Chapter

Chronological Catalogue of Works

Juvenilia and Miscellaneous Attributed Works

Unfinished Compositions

Chapter 4. The Published Writings of Alberto Ginastera

Contemporary Composers and Their Music

Historical Concert Repertoire

Argentine Music and Music Institutions

Analysis of His Own Works

Current Artistic Debates

Chapter 5. Selected Bibliography of Secondary Sources


Journal Articles, Book Chapters, and Conference Proceedings

Selected Doctoral Dissertations, D.M.A. Documents, and Master’s Theses

Major Signed Articles in Music Reference Works

Catalogues of the Composer’s Works

Selected Interviews

Selected Major Reviews and Newspaper Articles


References to Ginastera in General Music Sources



Chapter 6. Archives and Internet Resources



Latin America

United States

Internet Sources

General Research on Argentine Music

Specialized Ginastera Sources

Appendix. Chronology of Ginastera’s Life and Works

Author Index

Title Index

Subject Index

About the Author

Deborah Schwartz-Kates is Chair of the Musicology Department at the University of Miami. She contributed the article on Ginastera to the latest edition of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities for her research on the composer.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General
MUSIC / Reference