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Overview[ edit ] Large numbers of African slaves and European, mostly Spanish, immigrants came to Cuba and brought their own forms of music to the island.
European dances and folk musics included zapateofandangopaso doble and retambico. Later, northern European forms like minuetgavottemazurkacontradanzaand the waltz appeared among urban whites.
There was also an immigration of Chinese indentured laborers later in the 19th century. The African slaves and their descendants made many percussion instruments and preserved rhythms they had known in their homeland.
Claves are still used often, and wooden boxes cajones were widely used during periods when the drum was banned. In addition, there are other percussion instruments in use for African-origin religious ceremonies.
Chinese immigrants contributed the corneta china Chinese corneta Chinese reed instrument still played in the comparsasor carnival groups, of Santiago de Cuba. The great instrumental contribution of the Spanish was their guitarbut even more important was the tradition of European musical notation and techniques of musical composition.
He reported instruments including the clarinetviolin and vihuela. There were few professional musicians at the time, and fewer still of their songs survive.
The piece is said to be similar to 16th- 17th- and 18th-century Spanish popular songs and dances. Important among these are France and its colonies in the Americasand the United States. Cuban music has been immensely influential[ citation needed ] in other countries.
Polyrhythmic percussion is an inherent part of African music, as melody is part of European music. Also, in African tradition, percussion is always joined to song and dance, and to a particular social setting.
This creolization of Cuban life has been happening for a long time, and by the 20th century, elements of African belief, music and dance were well integrated into popular and folk forms. He encouraged continuous and diverse musical events.
While many contradanzas were written for dance, from the mid-century several were written as light-classical parlor pieces for piano.
The first distinguished composer in this style was Manuel Saumell —who is sometimes accordingly hailed as the father of Cuban creole musical development. Cervantes was called by Aaron Copland a "Cuban Chopin " because of his Chopinesque piano compositions.
Non-Cubans sometimes called Cuban contradanzas "habaneras. This was later lengthened and staged under the title Seila.
His numerous works spanned all genres. Gaspar Villate — produced abundant and wide-ranging work, all centered on opera. He learned to play sixteen instruments, and lived, variously, in Cuba, Latin America and Paris. His most famous work is La bella cubana, a habanera.
Gottschalk During the middle years of the 19th century, a young American musician came to Havana: Louis Moreau Gottschalk —whose father was a Jewish businessman from London, and his mother a white creole of French Catholic background.High School Scholarships.
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