Music in Cuba

Music in Cuba

by Alejo Carpentier
     
 

ISBN-10: 0816632308

ISBN-13: 9780816632305

Pub. Date: 02/28/2003

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

A publishing event: the foundational work on Cuban music by a major figure of the twentieth century, now in English for the first time.

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

Overview

A publishing event: the foundational work on Cuban music by a major figure of the twentieth century, now in English for the first time.

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 worlds of 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 the central place of radio and music-club cultures in the European avant-gardes.

About the Authors:
Perhaps Cuba's most important intellectual figure of the twentieth century, Alejo Carpentier (19041980) was a novelist, a classically trained pianist and musicologist, a producer of avant-garde radio programming, and an influential theorist of politics and literature. Best known for his novels, Carpentier also collaborated with such luminaries as Igor Stravinsky, Darius Milhaud, Georges Bataille, and Antonin Artaud. Born in Havana, he lived for many years in France and Venezuela but returned to Cuba after the 1959 revolution.

Timothy Brennan is professor of cultural studies, comparative literature, and English at the University of Minnesota.

Alan West-Durán is a freelance translator living in Massachusetts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816632305
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
02/28/2003
Series:
Cultural Studies of the Americas
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the English Edition1
Preface59
1.The Sixteenth Century65
2.The Seventeenth Century89
3.Esteban Salas106
4.Salon and Theater at the End of the Eighteenth Century119
5.A Plot in the Cathedral of Havana132
6.Introduction to the Contradanza142
7.Blacks in Cuba153
8.The Beginning of the Nineteenth Century166
9.Antonio Raffelin-Juan Paris177
10.Saumell and Nationalism185
11.Espadero, the Romantic194
12.Ignacio Cervantes204
13.Cuban Bufos214
14.Laureano Fuentes-Gaspar Villate235
15.A Transition Period243
16.Afro-Cubanism256
17.Amadeo Roldan-Alejandro Garcia Caturla268
Notes283
Bibliography291
Index297

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