From Contradanza to Son: New Perspectives on the Prehistory of Cuban Popular Music

  title={From Contradanza to Son: New Perspectives on the Prehistory of Cuban Popular Music},
  author={Peter Lamarche Manuel},
  journal={Latin American Music Review},
  pages={184 - 212}
  • P. Manuel
  • Published 2009
  • Art
  • Latin American Music Review
While it is often claimed that the Cuban son emerged from rural Oriente and "invaded" Havana in the early 20th century, serious Cuban musicologists have clarified that the true consolidation of the genre took place in Havana after around 1910–1920. Examination of 19th-century sources can help us trace with greater specificity the origins of the particular musical features that distinguished the traditional son. Editions and descriptions of 1850s–1860s Havana contradanzas illuminate much about… Expand
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