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Presenting Jamaican folk songs on the art music stage: Social history and artistic decisions

Collection:
Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Contributor:
Johnson,Byron Gordon (Author)
Format:
Dissertation/Thesis
Publication Date:
2010
URL:
http://search.proquest.com.proxy2.library.illinois.edu/docview/822238669/fulltextPDF/7FC0BF9E299E4F7BPQ/1?accountid=14553
Published:
Mississippi: The University of Southern Mississippi
Location:
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, History, Jamaica, Blacks, Communications, Music, Folk songs, Dexter, Noel, Ashbourne, Peter
Notes:
113 p., Jamaican folk songs have become a definitive characteristic of Jamaican culture. They are exemplars of a culture whose music reflects the lifestyle of most of its citizens. In modern times, their beauty has been show cased in local and foreign performances which exposes an element of the country to the world. Additionally, the arrangements of songs by Jamaican composers like Noel Dexter and Peter Ashbourne have aided in their renaissance in modern times. This research analyzes the arrangements by Noel Dexter and Peter Ashbourne. It explores the transition of Jamaican folk songs from the slave fields to the art music stage.