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Art Music by Caribbean Composers: Haiti

Author(s): Gangelhoff, Christine | LeGrand, Cathleen

Journal: International Journal of Bahamian Studies
ISSN 2220-5772

Volume: 17;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 25;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Classical Music | Haiti

Haïti has by far the longest history of independence of any of its Caribbean neighbors, having gained independence from France in 1804. Haïti's tradition of classical music takes root in its colonial heritage. Haïtian classical music, "mizik savant ayisyen," is derived from that "desire to retain European standards while including local features" of indigenous musical traditions (Grenier & Averill, 2007-2011).
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