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Revista musical chilena

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GUERRA ROJAS, Cristian. José Zapiola as Writer in the Beginnings of Musical Criticism and Writing on Music in Chile. Rev. music. chil. [online]. 2008, vol.62, n.209, pp.28-49. ISSN 0716-2790.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0716-27902008000100002.

This article deals with the Chilean musician and writer José Zapiola Cortés (1802-1885) and his contribution in the beginnings ofboth musical criticism and musicography in Chile. As a hypothesis it is put forward that Zapiola was not a man ofletters but a musician ofletters, who, because of family and social reasons, triedto build his personal and professional identity in the Chilean music milieu, at the time when the project ofmodernity was established in Chile. On the basis ofthis hypothesis, the ideas that he presents in his books La Sociedad de la Igualdad y sus enemigos, Recuerdos de Treinta Años and his commentaries in the Semanario Musical are analyzed. In these works, Zapiola prepared the groundfor both aproper musical criticism and a criticism of musical institutions in Chile, specially in the case ofthe National Conservatory of Music founded in 1849.

Keywords : José Zapiola; modernity; Chilean 19 century music; musical criticism; National Conservatory of Music (Santiago, Chile).

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