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In Dahomey

Marva Griffin Carter

in Swing Along

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780195108910
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199865796 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195108910.003.0007
                   In Dahomey

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This chapter discusses the début of the musical In Dahomey. It then examines how this musical, the performers, and its composer, gained praise and criticisms from various critics. It talks about the In Dahomey’s cast’s performance in London. It also narrates how Cook was prompted to compose the song “Swing Along” and how he insisted on presenting this song to the audience. It explains that much of In Dahomey’s favorable reception was because of the music and that its effect was tremendous. This chapter also tells of how the reviewers applauded Abbie Mitchell’s vocal talent. It highlights that Will Cook’s musical styles include a diverse range of pseudo-Africanisms, a nostalgic plantation song, tender ballads, waltzes, recitatives, and operatic ensembles. It adds that at 34, Cook was at the peak of his career.

Keywords: In Dahomey; pseudo-Africanism; London; Swing Along; cakewalk; ballards; Abbie Mitchell; waltzes

Chapter.  4857 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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