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Oral history interview with Guillermo Graetzer

Oral History | Accession Number: 2009.29.46 | RG Number: RG-50.590.0046

Guillermo Graetzer, an Austrian-born musician and composer, describes being one of the founders of the Collegium Musicum (a prestigious institution in Buenos Aires founded in 1946); how many of the principals of the school were Austrians; his marriage in 1950 to an Austrian woman in Argentina; his children, who attended a private school, Rudolf Steiner, for elementary education and attended public schools for secondary education; not being interested in imparting his children with any Jewish education; his feeling that musicians are universalists and art is the common culture and language; being active nationally during the Alfonsin government (1983-1989); helping to establish the Direccion Nacional de Musica, which was part of the nation’s Department of Culture; his role as the pedagogical counselor; being named the director of the Fondo Nacional de las Artes; how these activities ceased with the change of government because the entire personnel was changed; his lack of participation in politics and the Jewish community; his Argentinean identity; his feelings about Austria; his love of the Spanish language; editing the first folk song book for schools; his compositions; trying to open free music schools, for all ages, throughout the country while he was active in the Alfonsin government, and his frustrations at the lack of funding; managing to open one school in his own private vacation home in Río Ceballos; trying to offer improvement courses for music teachers; and his thoughts on the cultural and attitudinal differences between Europeans and Argentineans.

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Guillermo Graetzer
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, acquired from the Asociacion Mutual Israelita Argentina-Communidad de Buenos Aires
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:23:42
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