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TORRES ALVARADO, Rodrigo. The Zamacueca a Tutti Popular Music, Public Representation and Republican Order in Chile (1820-1860). Rev. music. chil. [online]. 2008, vol.62, n.209, pp.5-27. ISSN 0716-2790.

During the process ofthe creation ofthe Republican system in Chile, the Chilean society went through a strong cultural change. The structural core ofthis change is the notion ofmodernity, as it relates to the ideas ofstate, nation and citizenship. This article deals with this modernizing transformation from the standpoint of music, focusing speciflcally on the histórica! making ofthe zamacueca, a mestizo genre combining dance and music. The zamacueca is inextricable bound with the creation of nacional symbols closely identified with the nation, as well as with the establishment and expansión ofa modern artistic system, which was both urban and intermedíate. The main basis ofthis system is the theatrical representation associated with the creation of massive audiences, and with the modern development of local repertoires ofboth music and dances, linked with an incipient cultural industry.

Keywords : zamacueca; popular music; public representation; republican order; nineteenth century; Chile.

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