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Towards the growth of critical musical thinking in Cienfuegos

Towards the growth of critical musical thinking in Cienfuegos

Music criticism in Cienfuegos is an exercise that currently has few exponents and until very recently, it was practically an illusory field. Institutions such as Uneac, in collaboration with important intellectuals of the province, work hard so that such an important practice is not lost. Encouraging this type of research has been a priority task, due to its importance in guaranteeing the management, projection, conservation and transmission of musical elements that represent and identify us.

In November 2020 began, almost experimentally, the I Symposium of Music in Cienfuegos. This theoretical event, organized by the Association of Musicians of the Provincial Committee of Uneac, constituted an initial impulse for Cienfuegos researchers, who gathered and demonstrated that Cienfuegos music is not in the research anonymity. This first edition was dedicated to Cienfuegos music figures and groups such as Felito Molina, by Sandra Busto; José Manuel Vázquez del Rey, by MSc. Bronia Mejías; Orquesta Aragón, by Dr. Alegna Jacomino Ruiz; Trova Intermedia, by Nelson Ramírez and Conjunto Tradicional de Sones Los Naranjos, by musicologist Samantha de Zayas Muñoz. Focusing on the importance of the study of Cienfuegos music, the way was open for more researchers to join this important work.

This November, the promise of such a long-awaited and necessary meeting was fulfilled. The II Music Symposium took place at Uneac's headquarters, dedicated this time to artistic education in Cienfuegos. As an important element, it was led and starred by young professors and researchers who addressed decisive issues for the development of this type of teaching in the province. Among them, a proposal of recruitment for the next course 2021-2022, by the professors of the theory department of the Provincial School of Art Benny Moré, Adriana Suárez and Laura M. Marsal; maneuvers to face the artistic educational process by the piano professor of the same institution Adrián Alegre Guerra; and the proposal of an action plan for the implementation of strategies of musical diffusion with elementary level students in Cienfuegos, by the musicologist and also professor Samantha de Zayas Muñoz. The University of Cienfuegos Carlos Rafael Rodríguez was also present, with the collaboration of Alegna Jacomino, who gave a brief approach to the life of Guillermo Tomás, and the student Diana Alicia Lecha Oropesa, who dealt with the teaching of music in Cienfuegos between 1846-1933.

 This theoretical event intends to continue and open its range of possibilities and topics. It aspires to a national scope in future editions, but always keeping the research of music in Cienfuegos as its center. In this way, it will contribute to the preservation of the historical-musical memory and of the individual and collective historical memory of composers, interpreters and accompanists from a critical and analytical tool.

As it constitutes a hierarchical need of Cienfuegos' musical heritage, it is required that cultural institutions, with their master plan -which allows and demands the constant design of areas of action-, support the socialization and implementation of all strategies, plans and contributions from the musical criticism that are raised in these meetings.

This type of event is useful for the design of projects, and identifies and sensitizes local actors, and where leaders and administrators are aware of the need to strengthen the work with musical heritage and maximize the scarce resources allocated to conservation. It also guarantees the continuity of local identity elements and aims at preventing the definitive loss of the musical heritage value of Cienfuegos.

(Taken from 5 de Septiembre)

English version Hector Hdez.

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