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Edmond DEDE; born free in New Orleans

Edmond DEDE

Was born free in New Orleans in 20Nov1827. His parents were free Creoles of color who had immigrated to New Orleans around 1809 from the French West Indies....

One of the so-called Creole Romantic musical dynasties of New Orleans, the Dede family- including father Edmond and son Edouard- were among the most noted of the city's nineteenth century free Black community. Along with another father/son pair named lambert, these pioneering African-American composers helped to develop the cross-cultural musical language that served as a link between European concert music, ragtime and jazz....

This comes from the notes contained in a CD of the Hot Springs Music Festival, with director Richard Rosenberg.

Edmond DEDE, in 1857, left for Europe (France). He returned to New Orleans in 1893 '...introduced two new songs, one of which, Patriotisme, he regarded as his farewell to New Orleans, for in it he laments his destiny to live far away because of 'implacable prejudice' at home. Grateful for receiving honorary membership in the Societe des Jeunes-Amis, a leading local social group composed of mostly of Creoles of color of antebellum free background, but weary of the increasing inconveniences and indignities of racial segregation....He returned to France and died in 1901.....'

I purchased the CD, used for six bucks, mainly for the liner notes. I'm learning and working my way towards understanding the music. Just sharing...

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