Ancelet, Barry Jean. Cajun music: its origin and development

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Title: Cajun music: its origin and development

Published By: Lafayette, La.: Center for Louisiana Studies, 1989. 58 p., [8] p. of plates: ill.

By line: Barry Jean Ancelet

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 1995. Computer File

Culture: Cajuns (NO12)

Subjects: Music (533); Musical instruments (534); Literary texts (539);

Abstract: This document presents a concise survey of the history and development of Cajun music from the early settlements in Nova Scotia in the seventeenth century to the late twentieth century in Louisiana. Ancelet concentrates on the evolutionary changes that took place in Cajun music after Acadian resettlement in Louisiana in the eighteenth century, first as the result of contact with Creole, Anglo-American, and Spanish musical forms, and later (in the twentieth century), under the influence of the blues, swing, and country sounds. Ancelet also discusses the effects on Cajun music of the introduction of the accordion in the eighteenth century, and other instruments (e.g., the electric guitar), in the 1940s and l950s.

Document Number: 15

Document ID: no12-015

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references and discography (p. 52-58)

Field Date: no date

Evaluation: Folklorist-5

Analyst: John Beierle, 1993

Coverage Date: variable

Coverage Place: Louisiana, United States

LCSH: Cajuns


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