Carnival Music in Trinidad: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture / Edition 1

Carnival Music in Trinidad: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture / Edition 1

by Shannon Dudley, Bonnie C. Wade
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195138325

ISBN-13: 9780195138320

Pub. Date: 10/09/2003

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Carnival Music in Trinidad is one of several case-study volumes that can be used along with Thinking Musically, the core book in the Global Music Series. Thinking Musically incorporates music from many diverse cultures and establishes the framework for exploring the practice of music around the world. It sets the stage for an array of

Overview

Carnival Music in Trinidad is one of several case-study volumes that can be used along with Thinking Musically, the core book in the Global Music Series. Thinking Musically incorporates music from many diverse cultures and establishes the framework for exploring the practice of music around the world. It sets the stage for an array of case-study volumes, each of which focuses on a single area of the world. Each case study uses the contemporary musical situation as a point of departure, covering historical information and traditions as they relate to the present. Visit www.oup.com/us/globalmusic for a list of case studies in the Global Music Series. The website also includes instructional materials to accompany each study.
Home to the most elaborate Carnival celebration in the Caribbean, Trinidad is the birthplace of the steelband and a hub for calypso and soca, musical genres that have been influential throughout the world. Collectively, these and other performance genres constitute the dynamic event of Carnival, which for more than a century has been an occasion for an intense exchange of ideas about society, culture, and tradition in Trinidad.
Carnival Music in Trinidad examines the history and aesthetics of calypso, steelband, soca, and other genres, relating musical structure, lyrics, sound, and style to the major roles they play in Trinidadian culture. It also analyzes how the instruments, sounds, and lyrics of Carnival music provide a sense of national and ethnic identity. Author Shannon Dudley describes calypso's traditional role as a voice for the common people, acknowledging the tensions between this history and calypso's ties to modern commercial music markets. He also presents the story of the steelband—an art form born in the most downtrodden neighborhoods of Port of Spain—as both a parable of the nation's struggles and successes and as a continuous process of musical exploration. Written in a lively style accessible to both students and general readers, Carnival Music in Trinidad features vivid eyewitness accounts and illustrations of performances. The book is packaged with a 40-minute CD containing examples of the music discussed in the text.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195138320
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
10/09/2003
Series:
Global Music Series
Edition description:
Book with CD
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Prefacexi
CD Track Listxiii
1.Carnival and Society1
Carnival5
Trinidadian Society6
Trinidadian Carnival in the Nineteenth Century10
Music14
2.The Man of Words23
From Chantwell to Calypsonian24
The Lord Kitchener25
The Mighty Sparrow26
The Mighty Chalkdust28
David Rudder31
Singing Sandra34
3.Calypso in the Tent and on the Road37
The Tent37
The Road39
Instrumentation41
Form44
Rhythmic Feel48
Phrasing50
Breaks52
4.The National Instrument53
Origins54
Changing Perceptions56
The Instrument58
The Ensemble64
The Music65
Form67
Texture69
Rhythm70
5.Steelband Repertoire72
Music for the Road72
Fetes75
Music Festival76
The Bomb78
Panorama79
Framing Tradition84
6.Bacchanal Time87
Soca87
Rapso92
Ragga Soca95
Chutney Soca98
Defining Musical Genres102
Conclusion103
Glossary105
Resources109
Index113

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