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Music in Cuba : Cultural Studies of the Americas Series - Alejo Carpentier

Music in Cuba

Cultural Studies of the Americas Series

By: Alejo Carpentier, Alan West-Duran (Translator)

Hardcover Published: 1st March 2001
ISBN: 9780816632299
Number Of Pages: 312

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In the wake of the Buena Vista Social Club, the world has rediscovered the rich musical tradition of Cuba. A unique combination of popular and elite influences, the music of this island nation has fascinated since the golden age of the son -- that New World aural collision of Africa and Europe that made Cuban music the rage in Paris, New York, and Mexico beginning in the 1920s.

Originally published in 1946 and never before available in an English translation, Music in Cuba is not only the best and most extensive study of Cuban musical history, it is a work of literature in its own right. Drawing on such primary documents as obscure church circulars, dog-eared musical scores pulled from attics, and the records of the Spanish colonial authorities, Music in Cuba sweeps panoramically from the sixteenth into the twentieth century. Carpentier covers European-style elite Cuban music as well as the popular rural Spanish folk and urban Afro-Cuban music.

In a substantial introduction based on extensive original research, Timothy Brennan explores Carpentier's career prior to the writing of his novels. Looking especially at Carpentier's work as a music reviewer, radio producer, and musical theorist, Brennan suggests new ways of thinking about the role of Latin American artists in Europe between the wars and about the central place of radio and music-club cultures in the European avant-gardes.

Introduction to the English Editionp. 1
Prefacep. 59
The Sixteenth Centuryp. 65
The Seventeenth Centuryp. 89
Esteban Salasp. 106
Salon and Theater at the End of the Eighteenth Centuryp. 119
A Plot in the Cathedral of Havanap. 132
Introduction to the Contradanzap. 142
Blacks in Cubap. 153
The Beginning of the Nineteenth Centuryp. 166
Antonio Raffelin-Juan Parisp. 177
Saumell and Nationalismp. 185
Espadero, the Romanticp. 194
Ignacio Cervantesp. 204
Cuban Bufosp. 214
Laureano Fuentes-Gaspar Villatep. 235
A Transition Periodp. 243
Afro-Cubanismp. 256
Amadeo Roldan-Alejandro Garcia Caturlap. 268
Notesp. 283
Bibliographyp. 291
Indexp. 297
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ISBN: 9780816632299
ISBN-10: 0816632294
Series: Cultural Studies of the Americas Series
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 1st March 2001
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.54

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