La Suite Cubana: Creative Intersections with Cuban Musical Forms
Hunter, Roland Alexander
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The objective for this thesis is to compose a three-part suite and to provide an in-depth analysis of the musical content. The music is written based on the synthesis of traditional Cuban forms and stylistic features with Modernist and other musical ideas from the Western Art Music tradition. The traditional Cuban forms used as the basis for this work are the contradanza and danzon, with the third part of the suite, entitled Fantasia, heavily informed by the aesthetics of the Afro-Cuban bata drum repertoire mixed with these same, mostly Modernist, compositional methods. The compositional mosaic conceived from these disparate influences is outlined in the written analysis.