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Bruno Goyeneche José Serebrier
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Music and Musicians in Uruguay.


Though Romantic tendencies figured more prominently in the nationalistic works composed by several composers during the 1930s, a more progressive musical style was advocated by a small number of composers, of whom Guido Santórsola (1904-94) was the most prominent. While still making use of nationalistic elements, his music reveals his diverse interests, which ranged from Baroque counterpoint to the serialism of the Second Viennese School. German-born Dr. Francisco Curt Lange (1903-97), who came to Montevideo in 1923, was the foremost musicologist of his generation in Latin America. His most important achievements were the foundation of the Instituto Interamericano de Música as well as an editorial company that published the five-volume "Boletín Latino-Americano de Música." Composers who came into prominence during the 1940s and 1950s include such names as Pedro Ipuche Riva (1924-96) and Antonio Mastrogiovanni (1936-2010). Both of Uruguay’s most important contemporary composers, José Serebrier (1938-) and Sergio Cervetti (1940-), live outside of that country. Of Uruguay’s several conservatories (all of which are located in Montevideo), perhaps the most important is the Vicente Pablo Music Conservatory, which was founded over one hundred years ago.

For more information about the music of this country, including links to conservatories, university music departments and other institutes and organizations, please see our country resource page for Uruguay.

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