WIM STATIUS MULLER (1930-2019): 22 Antillean Dances from Op. 2 (Nos. 1-4, 10, 11, 13, 17, 19 and 22), Op. 4 (Nos. 1-3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12, 14, 22 and 25) and Op. 5/3.

Catalogue Number: 12X042

Label: Analekta

Reference: AN2 9845

Format: CD

Price: $18.98

Description: The "classical" music of Caribbean nations is a fascinating and hugely appealing artistic resource, only recently beginning to gain the attention it richly deserves. The various Afro-Caribbean cultures absorbed elements of the musical conventions of the former colonizing nations, and blended them with the utmost ingenuity with the characteristic rhythms, melodic contours, and social context of the folk musics of their backgrounds. Thus we have, for instance, Ludovic Lamothe, the "Black Chopin" of Haïti, and the Haïtian composers showcased on 11W066, Lecuona in Cuba, and continuing the tradition, Roger J. Henry of Trinidad and Tobago (06W067). And now, Wim Statius Muller, “the Chopin of Curaçao,”representing the Netherlands Antilles. Chopin’s music made a great impression in the islands when it was introduced by composer Jules François Blasini (1847–1886), and its influence is strong throughout Muller's engaging, beautifully crafted little miniatures. The works are all in dance forms - beside the Chopinesque waltzes, there are pieces in rumba, calypso, tumba and danza styles, on the lighter side but full of pianistic sophistication, entertaining and engaging throughout. Louise Bessette (piano).

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