The bibliography of almost five centuries of music and dance in Puerto Rice has fallen into the cracks of both national and international reporting. The Thompsons redress this situation, offering 995 richly annotated entries on reference sources, biography, folk music and dance, the Puerto Rican Danza, La borinquena (the Commonwealth's official anthem), and the earliest mentions of native music and dance in the Antilles at the time of the Conquest. The work's breadth of coverage and depth of annotations will make it useful to musicologists, folklorists, ballet scholars, teachers, and general readers. Subject and author indexes included.
Donald Thompson (Ph.D., University of Iowa) was one of the founders of the University of Puerto Rico Music Department, which he later chaired. He is the compiler of Music in Puerto Rico: An Anthology, also from Scarecrow Press. Annie F. Thompson (Ph.D., Florida State), formerly a music librarian, directs the University of Puerto Rico SLIS. Her Checklist of Musical References in Puerto Rican Newspapers and Journals (1808-1898) is also published with Scarecrow Press.