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Musical events in the lives of the people of a caribbean island, st. lucia (creole culture, interpretation).

Author: JOCELYNE GUILBAULT
Publisher: 1984, ©1984.
Dissertation: Ph. D. University of Michigan
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : Manuscript : Microfilm   Archival Material : English
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This work is an ethnomusicological study of St. Lucian musical events, and their cultural implications. Focusing largely on ethnographic details, it is also an exercise in theory and method. This study includes a detailed description of four of the most common types of St. Lucian musical events: seances of La Rose and La Marguerite organizations; debot evenings (evenings which consist primarily of dancing the debot
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Material Type: Thesis/dissertation, Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: JOCELYNE GUILBAULT
OCLC Number: 68294860
Description: 404 pages
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This work is an ethnomusicological study of St. Lucian musical events, and their cultural implications. Focusing largely on ethnographic details, it is also an exercise in theory and method. This study includes a detailed description of four of the most common types of St. Lucian musical events: seances of La Rose and La Marguerite organizations; debot evenings (evenings which consist primarily of dancing the debot dances), full moon gatherings, and beach parties; kwadril evenings (evenings in which.

Almost exclusively kwadril sets are performed); and wake celebrations. The study begins with a review of certain features of local consciousness, local knowledge, and local terms as they apply to musical events. The form and content of each musical event are discussed in relation to other musical events, characteristic melodies, the associated gestures and movements, and their historical associations. Using this material, I have mapped the complex web of relationships among St. Lucian musical genres. A.

Study of the sets of constraints operative in the four musical events helps us to appreciate how the various musical expressions and attitudes adopted by the performers are appropriately selected to fit each given situation. Finally, the four musical events are examined in relation to a larger system of St. Lucian values. The discussion serves to establish a series of metaphors which link different realms of St. Lucian discourse, and to lead us toward an understanding of some of the major St. Lucian.

Values operating across genres. The generalizations drawn from this research were repeatedly tested, in the field, against new circumstances and new occasions. The fundamental goal of this study is to come to a closer understanding of the St. Lucian system of meanings as expressed in musical events.

This study is meant to illustrate the value of (1) using native constructs as analytical tools; (2) focusing primarily on native-language texts; and (3) attempting to find wider cultural patterns reflected in musical performances.

The work is copiously illustrated with Creole songtexts and musical examples. Recordings of these musical examples are available at the Archives of Traditional Music, at Indiana.

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