chapter  4
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The Published Writings of Alberto Ginastera

Ginastera reports on his recent trip to Europe, where he premiered his Second String Quartet at the 33rd Festival of the International Society for Contemporary Music. He recognizes two main tendencies in the pieces he heard. The first, serial expressionism, had its origins in Schoenberg’s works; Ginastera identified his own string quartet with this orientation. He associates the second tendency, post-Webern pointillism, with integral serialism, but criticizes some of the works he heard, which were too long and unvaried to sustain his interest. Nevertheless, both tendencies that Ginastera noted at the Festival significantly shaped the aesthetic orientation of his future works.