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Title: Freestyling: The Case of Classically Trained Musicians in La Paz, Bolivia.
Name(s): Asturizaga Hurtado De Mendoza, Vivianne Ines, author
Gunderson, Frank D., professor directing thesis
Bakan, Michael B., committee member
Kelly, Steven N., committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Music, degree granting college
College of Music, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Master Thesis
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2018
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (129 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This thesis is about musicians in the city of La Paz, Bolivia, and how they pursue professional careers through the performance of a diverse range of musics in a wide range of settings. The subjects of this research are mostly classically trained, highly accomplished performers, and many hold positions in Bolivia’s National Symphony Orchestra or at the National Conservatory. Many if not all of them also perform in a wide variety of other musical contexts, including as members of jazz, cumbia, folkloric, and popular music groups. Additionally, many also perform other jobs to make a living. My primary research question was to ask why classical musicians in La Paz perform such a wide diversity of musical genres and styles compared to their counterparts in, for example, the United States, and why they also situate themselves in multiple roles within the local music industry and other industries. I hypothesize that the answer to this question has different scenarios: first, that their career choices are also primarily driven by necessity, since it is virtually impossible to make one’s livelihood in Bolivia by playing classical music exclusively; second, that their musical plurality is in part a product of the fact that these musicians also enjoy performing in many different styles, settings, and roles; third, that the musicians’ lifestyle is a product of a system that has long been in place and is now ingrained and coherent as a modus operandi of musicians in La Paz; and fourth and finally, that through acting in different musical roles and contexts, musicians in La Paz intentionally embody and perform a type of musical identity that is uniquely syncretic, neither Western nor Andean but rather a product of encounter and dialogue between these and the other nodes of musical personhood of which they are comprised. Keywords: classically trained musician, artistry, identity, work, education
Identifier: 2018_Sp_Asturizaga_fsu_0071N_14562 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the College of Music in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Music.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester 2018.
Date of Defense: April 11, 2018.
Keywords: artistry, classically trained musician, education, gigging, identity, work
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Frank Gunderson, Professor Directing Thesis; Michael Bakan, Committee Member; Steven Kelly, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Music
Sociology -- Research
Latin America
Study and teaching
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Host Institution: FSU

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Asturizaga Hurtado De Mendoza, V. I. (2018). Freestyling: The Case of Classically Trained Musicians in La Paz, Bolivia. Retrieved from