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En esta novela deliciosa, propositiva y liberadora, el autor utiliza los recursos propios del barroco: la parodia, el artificio, la hipérbole y la enumeración proliferante, con mayor liberalidad; rompe con las ataduras de la cronología histórica y adquiere un extraordinario sentido del humor. El libro cuenta la historia de la puesta en escena de una ópera de Antonio Vivaldi, estrenada en el teatro Sant`Angelo de Venecia, en el otoño de 1733, la cual narra la derrota de Moctezuma por las fuerzas españolas que capitanea Hernán Cortés. El tema no puede ser más propicio para la pluma de Carpentier, pues se trata de una ópera barroca, que permite además, enfrentar dos historias, dos culturas, dos mundos -América y Europa-, de cuya contraposición surge, en la óptica carpenteriana, precisamente lo real maravilloso. Novela que da cuenta del gusto del autor por la música, una segunda vocación que, junto a la arquitectura, subyace en toda su obra y que ya se había manifestado con singular vehemencia en Los pasos perdidos.

Published: LD Books - Lectorum on
ISBN: 9781939048295
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Concierto Barroco, first published in 1974, is a great little book by the late cuban writer Alejo Carpentier, one of the fathers and leading exponents of magical realism. Its writting was inspired by the the libreto of Vivaldi's opera Montezuma (whose score, thought to be lost, was rediscovered in 2001 among the archives of the Berlin Sing-Akademie, returning to Berlin from Kiev, where they had been taken after World War II.) It is a fantastic story of the journey into the Old World, in the first half of the 18th century, of a wealthy Mexican nobleman of spanish ancestry and his servant Filomeno. Displeased with the stay in Madrid, they head to Venice where, arriving at the Carnival holidays, they mingle with the crowd, the master dressed as Montezuma, and meet Vivaldi and Haendel, with whom he picnics in a cemitery in an outlying venetian island, discuss opera, inspire Vivaldi to write the opera Montezuma, stumble upon the grave of Igor Stravinsky (!) and, on the way back to the city, they cross Wagner's funereal procession... This, after an incredible jam session between Vivaldi, Haendel, and Domenico Scarllati, appearences by Louis Armstrong, references to Wagons-lits, railway stations, and the Eiffel tower, results in an amazing piece of literature that is utterly funny to read.more

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Concierto Barroco, first published in 1974, is a great little book by the late cuban writer Alejo Carpentier, one of the fathers and leading exponents of magical realism. Its writting was inspired by the the libreto of Vivaldi's opera Montezuma (whose score, thought to be lost, was rediscovered in 2001 among the archives of the Berlin Sing-Akademie, returning to Berlin from Kiev, where they had been taken after World War II.) It is a fantastic story of the journey into the Old World, in the first half of the 18th century, of a wealthy Mexican nobleman of spanish ancestry and his servant Filomeno. Displeased with the stay in Madrid, they head to Venice where, arriving at the Carnival holidays, they mingle with the crowd, the master dressed as Montezuma, and meet Vivaldi and Haendel, with whom he picnics in a cemitery in an outlying venetian island, discuss opera, inspire Vivaldi to write the opera Montezuma, stumble upon the grave of Igor Stravinsky (!) and, on the way back to the city, they cross Wagner's funereal procession... This, after an incredible jam session between Vivaldi, Haendel, and Domenico Scarllati, appearences by Louis Armstrong, references to Wagons-lits, railway stations, and the Eiffel tower, results in an amazing piece of literature that is utterly funny to read.more
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