Latin American Polystylism: Structure and Form in Osvaldo Golijov's La Pasión Según San Marcos
Mary Pappert School of Music
Afro-Cuban percussion, choral music, musical analysis, Passion
La Pasión Según San Marcos by Osvaldo Golijov has been praised for bringing a fresh voice to the Passion narrative with the inclusion of various, diverse musical styles found in Latin America, including Afro-Cuban drumming, samba, flamenco, conga, mambo, Gregorian chant, and contemporary concert music.
This thesis gives an analysis of unifying factors within the polystylistic elements in the form and construction of La Pasión, also including a brief biography of the composer and the details surrounding the work's conception. Formal analysis begins by giving attention to matters of text and instrumentation, as well as the basic musical styles incorporated to represent various dramatic elements of the story. At the heart of the study is a detailed examination of the incorporated styles through analysis of the work's local organization. The conclusion highlights the elements that serve to unite the various styles of the work into a cohesive whole.
Skirpan, R. (2004). Latin American Polystylism: Structure and Form in Osvaldo Golijov's La Pasión Según San Marcos (Master's thesis, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/1624