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Gilberto Mendes: between life and art

Abstract

This book is a version of the Doctorate thesis "The ways of Gilberto Mendes and the classical music in Brazil", which was developed in Social Anthropology Graduate Program of UNICAMP. The text is an ethnography of the social experience of Gilberto Mendes one of the most important Brazilian composers of classical contemporary music. Our objective is to understand how he struggled with some aesthetically dilemmas and related himself with the musical field political and power instances since 1940's, when he decided being musician, until the moment of bus consecration in Brazil and abroad. By the study of Gilberto Mendes trajectory, it was possible to map many relations between aesthetically and politics, art and market, which were determinant not only for him, but also for other authors which experienced the classical music field in the second half of XX century. Although Gilberto Mendes biographical journey is the principal point of this narrative, the work cannot be considered as a monologue. The analogy more appropriated for this text refers to a drama, with the purpose of illuminate a whole context of relations between people, institutions and aesthetics present in his social experience. (AU)

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