The Paraguayan Harp: From Colonial Transplant to National Emblem

by Alfredo Colman

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(Includes an audio CD.) First used liturgically by Jesuit missions in colonial times, the transplanted European diatonic harp was transformed and adopted into the folk music of Paraguay and the Rio de la Plata. This book integrates an account of the historical and musical development of the harp in Paraguay, of the musical contributions by harp composers and performers, a survey of the various traditional genres associated with the instrument, and a discussion of the popular and academic settings where the instrument has been cultivated and performed in the 20th and 21st centuries. The author's fieldwork in Paraguay and continuous contact with composers, educators, festival organisers, harp performers, researchers, and festival organizers have provided unique insights into the development of the Paraguayan harp tradition as a cultural icon of the nation. This book will be of interest to scholars and professionals in the fields of musicology and ethnomusicology, Latin American specialists, historians, libraries, harp performers and other musicians, and general readers interested in the history of musical instruments and culture. How did a musical instrument transplanted to South America by European missionaries earn the official designation as Paraguay's cultural national symbol?

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