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Donna Coleman

Academic journal article Notes

Donna Coleman

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Don't Touch Me: Ignacio Cervantes: Danzas Cubanas. OutBach Music CNO01 (2010), CD.

Donna Coleman is an American pianist. who has lived in Australia for many years, where she is currently Coordinator of the Postgraduate Studies program for the Melbourne Conservatoriurn of Music (Southbank), University of Melbourne. Coleman recorded two albums of Charles Ives's piano music for Etcetera Records in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and it was during her quest. to discover the sources be- hind Ives's ragtime-infused works that she discovered the music of "relatively (and unfairly) obscure, nineteenth-century Cuban maestro Ignacio Cervantes (1847-1905)," as she writes in her liner notes for this recording. This compact disc represents the culmination of years Coleman spent researching Cervantes, comparing editions of his Danzas Cubanas, and performing the music. Coleman traces the transmission of musical ideas that occurred when Louis Moreau Gottschalk arrived in Cuba in 1854, adapted the contradanza music he heard, and influenced Cervantes in the process, asserting in her liner notes that Cervantes and Scott Joplin "shared many common musical ancestors going back hundreds of years," and Gottschalk's sojourns in Cuba "effected a profound influence on the course of American (and world) musical history." These Danzas are miniatures--nearly all are thirty-two bar tunes in two parts, the prima (A section) and the segunda (B section), rhythmically anchored by the cinquillo, and only a couple exceed two minutes in length. …

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