HAVANA – This year’s Casa de las Americas Musicology Award went to Chilean academic Alejandro Vera for his rigorous research and exhaustive management of unpublished sources that reflect the musical history of his country during the colonial period.
With the work entitled ‘El Dulce Reato de la Musica. La Vida Musical en Santiago de Chile Durante el Periodo Colonial’, the author incorporated into those studies a large documentary, with clear and fluid writing, said the jury, made up of a select team of experts from Mexico, Spain, Chile and Cuba.
What makes this volume an important contribution and reference to urban musicology of Chile is the referential variety to construct the memories of a city in such a broad period, the jury was quoted Prensa Latina as saying prior to deliberation.
Alejandro Vera, a professor at the Music Institute of the Pontificial Catholic University of Chile, expressed his pride in showing this stage of his nation’s history in such an extensive text.
Vera holds a Ph.D. in History and Musical Sciences from the Autonomous University of Madrid. He has participated in international congresses in several European and Latin American countries and has published articles in prestigious journals such as Acta Musicológica, Early Music, and Latin American Music Review.
The Casa de las Américas Prize is one of the oldest and most prestigious prizes in Latin American literature.