Art Music by Caribbean Composers: Dominica

Christine Gangelhoff, Cathleen LeGrand


The cultures and traditions of both the French and British colonizers have strong influence in Dominica. Both English and a French Creole are widely spoken (Bilby, 2005).
Musical styles in Dominica include folk styles such as bélé; quadrille, influenced by French contradanse; and popular styles such as calypso and the local “cadence-lypso” (Guilbault, 1998).


Classical music; Art music

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Bilby, K. (2005). Dominica. In Continuum encyclopedia of popular music of the world: Locations.

Cyrille, D. (2009). Creole quadrilles of Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique, and St. Lucia. In P. Manuel (Ed.), Creolizing contradance in the Caribbean (pp. 188-208). Temple University Press.

Guilbault, J. (1998). Dominica. In D. A. Olsen & D. E. Sheehy (Eds.), Garland encyclopedia of world music, volume 2: South America, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean (pp. 840-844). Routledge.


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