Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

The Colombian suite of Gentil Montaña: contribution to the guitar music repertoire

The purpose of this study is to analyze Montaña’s guitar music based on traditional Andean rhythms (Bambuco, Pasillo, Guabina, Porro and others) used in his compositions in order to gain a deeper understanding of his style. The excerpts to analyze will be taken from Montaña’s Colombian Suites for solo guitar, his most known pieces, in which he synthesized the elements of traditional Andean music in the structure of the Suite; in some way transcending their traditional genres by being highly demanding for the instrument and becoming concert pieces at the highest level.
This document will focus on the Colombian Suite No.2 in order to understand Montaña’s style through his composition. Hopefully the analysis of this music will illustrate the unique way in which Montaña integrated these academic and traditional styles, and the importance of his output to concert music today.
A detailed analysis of his music and the procedure of adaptation of traditional music into concert music pieces will be central to understanding the origin and performance of his music, especially by guitarists and musicians from other places than Colombia. In addition, some historic elements that surrounded the life of the composer and the musical facts that produced this late development of the repertoire in the classical guitar music in Colombia will be taken into account.
The publications of Montaña’s compositions by Caroní Music made in the 2000’s are used as well as manuscripts if available as main sources, additionally, recordings of Montaña’s music recorded by him and other performers will be referenced. Written articles about music in Latin America and Colombia and reliable information found on electronic resources will be used. The information will be presented from the general to the specific including a brief discussion on the history of Colombian music tracing the development of Andean music and the guitar focusing on the second half of the twentieth century to contextualize the life and times of Montaña. Additionally, the research will include the musical influences of Montaña’s life that will be followed by the analysis of his music and the elements that achieved works of “traditional flavor” with the unique features of his creativity. Understanding the Colombian suite will be useful for any musician to get a general sense of the Colombian traditional rhythms of the Andean region and will be convenient in the performance of Colombian music and Latin American music in a broader sense...)

The Colombian suite of Gentil Montaña: contribution to the guitar music repertoire

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