Folk Music of Puerto Rico Library of Congress

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Published: December 1st 2013

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Folk Music of Puerto Rico  by  Library of Congress

Folk Music of Puerto Rico by Library of Congress
December 1st 2013 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 31 pages | ISBN: | 9.16 Mb

Of all the Spanish Provinces in the New World, Puerto Rico was the one that kept in closest touch with the mother country for the longest time. All the other colonies eventually revolted- Puerto Rico never did.

Even today, after two generations ofMoreOf all the Spanish Provinces in the New World, Puerto Rico was the one that kept in closest touch with the mother country for the longest time. All the other colonies eventually revolted- Puerto Rico never did. Even today, after two generations of American control, the roots of Puerto Rican art and literature are in Spanish soil, and many educated Puerto Ricans feel that their spiritual kinship is with Spain, regardless alike of their political loyalty to the American Government and of undenied benefits resulting from American administration.This situation is reflected in the folk music of Puerto Rico- the cross section given on this record indicates a depth of Hispanicism unequalled elsewhere in the Caribbean.

Although African musical patterns exist they are less marked than in any other New World area of comparable racial history and composition, and their influence has been mainly on instrumentation and on the rhythms of a few forms such as the plena (BI). The rest is Spanish.A case in point is the prevalence of the decima in Puerto Rico. Decimas are I0-Iine stanzas, usually octosyllabic and rhyming abbaaccddc, that were common in 17th-century Spanish poetry. Although this difficult form is known in other Spanish-speaking New World areas, it occurs but rarely in folk music outside of Cuba and Puerto Rico.

On the latter island, however, it is the mainstay of folksong, and the jibaros, or countrymen of the interior of the island, have developed amazing proficiency in improvising decimas on any given theme. The tournament between rival cantadores who create decimas to match subject and rhyme of a quatrain stated by the umpire of the contest is a prominent and exciting feature of many a patron saints day fiesta among the small towns of the interior.

The Three Aguinaldos (AI) and Franklin Delano Roosevelt (B4) are decimas, the first in the hexasyllabic verse which has come in Puerto Rico to be associated with themes of the Nativity, the second in the more usual octosyllabic form employed for secular decimas.



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