Ay, Dios Ampárame

Robin D. Moore

in Music and Revolution

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780520247109
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520939462 | DOI:
Ay, Dios Ampárame

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This chapter studies the history of religious music, which received little public recognition within the atheist state, and takes note of some of the specific ways that religious music, especially that of Afro-Cuban groups, has been affected by socialist doctrine. It describes the negative attitudes toward religious repertoire during the 1950s, records the repression of many forms of expression in the following decades, and discusses the explosion in religious music performance after the Fourth Party Congress in 1991.

Keywords: religious music; atheist state; socialist doctrine; negative attitudes; religious repertoire; forms of expression; religious music performance; Fourth Party Congress

Chapter.  10436 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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