The United States Effect on Puerto Rican Music Essay

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The United States Effect on Puerto Rican Music The United States played an important role in the evolution of Puerto Rican culture, more specifically music. While Puerto Rican culture remains distinct from that of American culture, its historical progression is forever tied with that of the United States. This is evident in the evolution of Puerto Rican music. It is also evident in the experience of Puerto Rican musicians both on the island and in the Diaspora. U.S rule was in part responsible for Puerto Rican migration both within the island and off the island. This is so due to the political and economic relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States. As a result new…show more content…
As the island’s regional populations transformed due to these migrations, older forms of music declined, and new variations of music were created with new content and context. Other U.S. influenced factors contributing to this situation were trade routes, and advances in transportation and roadbuilding. These new variations of Puerto Rican music became part of Puerto Rican culture. Yet, had it not been for United States interference in the lives of Puerto Ricans, these particular musical forms never would have developed.

United States rule gave rise to municipal bands in Puerto Rico. Under U.S. colonialism, the Catholic Church in Puerto Rico decreased in power. As a result, composers and musicians who found work and publicity through church sponserings of their bands no longer had this as a option. Regimental bands also disappeared under U.S. rule. Therefore, musicians and composers had to form municipal bands as a means of displaying their talents, making a living on the island, and training future generations of musicians.

The United States also made direct contributions to the music itself. U.S. soldiers brought with them one steps, two steps, and rags. Local musicians made new musical works under the influence of these models brought by the Americans, and sometimes combined them with older forms of music.

As time went on, the United States further dictated the terms under which music
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