The Guitar Culture in Brazil and Cuba

The Guitar Culture in Brazil and Cuba

“Hybridity and Segregation in the Guitar Cultures of Brazil in Guitar Cultures pp. 157-178

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To which phenomena are musical instruments and styles linked in Brazil? How is the guitar different?
Under what circumstances did the guitar become the national instrument in Brazil? Why?
What were the Iberian prototypes for the guitar in Brazil? What occurred in 1459? How did the role of the guitar change in Spain and Portugal from the thirteenth through the sixteenth century?
What are modinhas and lundas?
What impact did the Eurocentric shift have upon the view of the guitar? What is the dichotomy between the piano and the guitar important?
During the nineteenth century, what did the guitar mediate?
What is choro? How and where was it performed?
Why was the guitar important in the Brazilian modernist movement of the twentieth century?
Why do you think Villa Lobos may have been reluctant to publish his guitar pieces?

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