Re-Assessing Nationalism in the Art Songs of Jaime León

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Colombian composer Jaime León (1921-2015) is known for his art songs. Most of the current scholarly literature about León defines him as a nationalist composer even though a majority of his songs do not appear to have nationalist traits. This document examines a representative selection of León's songs divided into three categories: songs influenced by the bambuco (the Colombian genre most present in his songs); songs whose text refers to Colombian culture; and songs without Colombian elements present in their text or music. After examination of these songs, my conclusion is that León, rather than being nationalist, was a cosmopolitan … continued below

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Ávila Martínez, Juan Sebastián December 2020.

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Colombian composer Jaime León (1921-2015) is known for his art songs. Most of the current scholarly literature about León defines him as a nationalist composer even though a majority of his songs do not appear to have nationalist traits. This document examines a representative selection of León's songs divided into three categories: songs influenced by the bambuco (the Colombian genre most present in his songs); songs whose text refers to Colombian culture; and songs without Colombian elements present in their text or music. After examination of these songs, my conclusion is that León, rather than being nationalist, was a cosmopolitan composer who used national elements as rhetorical tools in an isolated and experimental way.

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Ávila Martínez, Juan Sebastián. Re-Assessing Nationalism in the Art Songs of Jaime León, dissertation, December 2020; Denton, Texas. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1752331/: accessed September 26, 2023), University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .

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