Robert J. Wahl
Within the last five decades, the Paraguayan guitarist and composer Agustin Barrios has become known as a key figure in guitar repertoire of the twentieth century. In this thesis, the musical and cultural significance of three tangos by Barrios, for which both published scores and primary recordings exist, will be examined. Barrios spent the duration of his professional career concertizing throughout Latin America while familiarizing himself with the local genres and styles of the regions through which he travelled. By comparing the musical qualities of primary recordings and published scores for his works Don Perez Freire, La bananita, and Tango No. 2 with the predominant characteristics of Argentine tango circa 1910, elements of his “Pan-American” compositional style will be authenticated.
California State University, Long Beach, 2012, 77; 1517559
Agustín Barrios and musical identity: Tangos in early twentieth-century guitar repertory