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Music in the Hispanic Caribbean

Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture

Robin Moore

Publication Date - 14 December 2009

ISBN: 9780195375053

256 pages
Book with CD/DVD
5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

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A short and affordable introduction to the music of the Hispanic Caribbean with examples on an in-text CD


** Music in the Hispanic Caribbean 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. **

The Spanish-speaking islands of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic make up a relatively small region, but their musical and cultural traditions have had a dramatic, sweeping impact on the world. The first brief, stand-alone volume to explore the music of these three islands, Music in the Hispanic Caribbean provides a vibrant introduction to diverse musical styles including salsa, merengue, reggaeton, plena, Latin jazz, and the bolero.

Ethnomusicologist Robin Moore employs three themes in his survey of Hispanic Caribbean music: the cultural legacy of the slave trade, the creolization of Caribbean musical styles, and diaspora, migration, and movement. Each theme lends itself to a discussion of the region's traditional musical genres as well as its more contemporary forms. The author draws on his extensive regional fieldwork, offering accounts of local performances, interviews with key performers, and vivid illustrations.

A compelling, comprehensive review, Music in the Hispanic Caribbean is ideal for introductory undergraduate courses in world music or ethnomusicology and for upper-level courses on Caribbean and Latin American music and/or culture. Packaged with a 70-minute CD containing musical examples, the text features numerous listening activities that actively engage students with the music. The companion website includes supplementary materials for instructors.

About the Author(s)

Robin Moore is Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at The University of Texas at Austin. He is the editor of the Latin American Music Review and, since 1992, he has conducted research in Cuba, Puerto Rico, Colombia, and Brazil. Dr. Moore is the author of Music and Revolution: Cultural Change in Socialist Cuba (2006) among other works.


"I would highly recommend this book for the introductory undergraduate courses in world music or ethnomusicology and the upper-level courses on Caribbean and Latin American music and/or culture for which it is intended. I would also recommend it to anyone (musically-minded or not) who wishes to know more about the fascinating musical cultures of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic."--Eric Bindler, Indiana University, from a review in the Journal of Folklore Research

Table of Contents

    CD Track List

    Chapter 1: Introduction
    Defining the Caribbean
    Music and Race in the Caribbean
    Creolization and Diaspora

    Chapter 2: Music and Spanish Colonization
    A Brief History of Colonization
    Spanish-Derived Music
    Puerto Rican Seis
    Cuban Punto
    Folk Catholicism and the Dominican Salve

    Chapter 3: Cultural Legacies of the Slave Trade
    History of the Slave Trade
    Afro-Cuban Toques de Güiros
    Afro-Dominican Salves
    Puerto Rican Bomba

    Chapter 4: Creolized Dance Music
    Dominican Merengue
    Cuban Son
    Puerto Rican Plena
    New York Salsa

    Chapter 5: Transnational Caribbean Musics
    The Colonial Contradanza
    Bolero and Bachata

    Chapter 6: Political Song
    The Rise of Nueva Canción
    Struggles for Independence in the Hispanic Caribbean
    Puerto Rican Nueva Canción
    Dominican Nueva Canción
    Cuban Nueva Trova and Rap

    Chapter 7: Dialogues with Blackness
    Early Representations of Blackness
    Creole Heritage and Classical Music
    Latin Jazz

    Resource Guide

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