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The Exile's Song – Edmond Dédé and the Unfinished Revolutions of the Atlantic World - Yale Scholarship Online
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The Exile's Song: Edmond Dédé and the Unfinished Revolutions of the Atlantic World

Sally McKee


This book chronicles the extraordinary story of African American composer Edmond Dede, raised in antebellum New Orleans, and his remarkable career in France. In 1855, Edmond Dede, a free black composer from New Orleans, emigrated to Paris. There he trained with France's best classical musicians and went on to spend thirty-six years in Bordeaux leading the city's most popular orchestras. How did this African American, raised in the biggest slave market in the United States, come to compose ballets for one of the best theaters outside of Paris and gain recognition as one of Bordeaux's most popul ... More

Keywords: Edmond Dede, antebellum New Orleans, Bordeaux, slave market, Paris, United States, African American

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780300221367
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300221367.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sally McKee, author
University of California, Davis

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