Creolizing contradance in the Caribbean /

How contradance and quadrille gave rise to merengue, danzón and other popular Creole dances.

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Other Authors / Creators:Manuel, Peter, 1952-
Format: eBook Electronic
Imprint: Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2009.
Series:Studies in Latin American and Caribbean music.
Online Access:Click here for full text
Summary:How contradance and quadrille gave rise to merengue, danzón and other popular Creole dances.

The contradance and quadrille, in their diverse forms, were the most popular, widespread, and important genres of creole caribbean music and dance in the nineteenth century. Throughout the region they constituted sites for interaction of musicians and musical elements of different racial, social, and ethnic origins, and they became crucibles for the evolution of genres like the Cuban danzón and son, the Dominican merengue, and the Haitian mereng.

Creolizing Contradance in the Caribbean is the first book to explore this phenomenon in detail and with a pan-regional perspective. Individual chapters by respected area experts discuss the Spanish, French, and English-speaking Caribbean. For each area they cover the musical and choreographic features, social dynamics, historical development and significance, and discuss them in relation to the broader Caribbean historical context. This groundbreaking text fills a significant gap in studies of Caribbean cultural history and of social dance.

Item Description:Print version record.
Physical Description:1 online resource (281 pages) : music
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Author Notes:Peter Manuel is Professor of Music at John Jay College and the CUNY Graduate Center. He is the author of six books and many articles on musics of India, the Caribbean, Spain, and elsewhere, including East Indian Music in the West Indies (Temple). He also plays sitar, jazz piano, and flamenco guitar.