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Jack Délano’s (1914-1997) Burundanga or Cantata Antillana: an art-music portrayal of Luis Palés Matos’s (1898-1959) black Caribbean

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Title: Jack Délano’s (1914-1997) Burundanga or Cantata Antillana: an art-music portrayal of Luis Palés Matos’s (1898-1959) black Caribbean
Author(s): Tapia-Santiago, Daniel A.
Director of Research: Alwes, Chester L.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s): Alwes, Chester L.
Doctoral Committee Member(s): Mattax-Moersch, Charlotte; Taylor, Stephen A.; Ward, Tom R.
Department / Program: Music
Discipline: Music
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: A.Mus.D.
Genre: Dissertation
Subject(s): Jack Délano Burundanga Luis Palés Matos Canción festiva para ser llorada Cantata Antillana Puerto Rican choral-orchestral compositions Puerto Rican choral music Caribbean art-music
Abstract: This is an analytical study of "Burundanga" or "Cantata Antillana" by Jack Délano (1914-1997). One of Délano’s most ambitious choral-orchestral compositions, "Burundanga" was completed in 1989 in response to a commission from the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture and is based on Luis Palés Matos’s (1898-1959) extravagant and elaborate poem "Canción festiva para ser llorada" (A Festive Song to be Wept). "Burundanga" stands at the foreground of Puerto Rican art-music in the twentieth century. With its neoclassical language and integration of Caribbean folkloric material, it emerges as a unique reflection of the highly complex geographical, social, cultural and musical reality of Puerto Rico and the Antilles. The analysis underscores the relationships between the textual images and the musical resources employed in their setting, focusing on the composition’s formal, melodic, harmonic, rhythmic, orchestrational and expressive elements. It also discerns particular methods by which the composer utilized and adapted Afro-Antillean idioms and combined them with art-music components to portray idiosyncratic aspects of Caribbean culture in a universalistic musical language.
Issue Date: 2011-08-25
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/26022
Rights Information: Copyright© 2011 Daniel A. Tapia-Santiago.
Date Available in IDEALS: 2011-08-25
Date Deposited: 2011-08
 

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