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Antonio Carlos Gomes: composer of two worlds
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Region / Country - Europe • North America > Italy
- Latin America • Caribbean > Brazil
Year of Registration 2017
Possessing Institutions Arquivo Nacional, Museo Teatrale alla Scala
Management Institution Arquivo Nacional, Museo Teatrale alla Scala
Antonio Carlos Gomes: composer of two worlds gathers together documents that are accepted, not only by academic institutions, but also because they are mentioned in publications, newspapers, radio and TV programs, by a large part of the populace; this fact reinforces the symbolic value of the collective memory. However, documents produced by the composer, now submitted to the MOW have never before been presented as a homogeneous whole, capable of throwing light on the life and work on this – considered the composer of the Americas – of the greatest international prominence. Carlos Gomes had his works, notably in the operatic field, presented at the best known theatres of Europe and the Americas and with great success, starting with the world première of his third opera – Il Guarany – at the Teatro alla Scala –  in Milan on March 18, 1870.
From then onwards, he searched for originality in music which, until then, was still dependent and influenced by Italian opera. As a result he projected Brazil in the international music panorama and entered history as the most important non-European opera composer. This documentation then constitutes a source of inestimable value for the study of music of the second half of the XIX Century.