Carnival Music In Trinidad


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By Shannon Dudley. (Subtitle: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture). This case-study volume can be used along with the core Global Music Series books, Teaching Music Globally and Thinking Musically (item MUCA1438 for the set of two books, available separately). Each case study book uses the contemporary musical situation as a point of departure, covering historical information and traditions as they relate to the present. For more than a century Carnival has been an occasion for an intense exchange of ideas about society, culture, and tradition in Trinidad. This book examines the history and aesthetics of the performance genres of Carnival: calypso, steel band, soca, and others, 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. The author describes calypso's traditional role as a voice for the common people and also presents the story of the steel band (an art form born in the most downtrodden neighborhoods of Port of Spain) as a parable of the nation's struggles and successes and a continuous process of musical exploration. The included 40-minute CD contains examples of the music discussed in the text.

114 pages.


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