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Origin of flamenco

by Fernando Barros Lirola on June 23, 2012 in Flemish Culture , Education , History of flamenco
Discovering the origin of flamenco

Lullabies, parties, singing, field work, dances or ceremonies …

Will you come all this and more flamenco? Will there be accompanying instruments contributed to the creation of melodies that time were inserted in flamenco?

When searching for the possible origin of flamenco must walk with caution as a musical phenomenon of such entity and variety that is rooted in the depths of our ancient culture, it can not be explained with aesthetic, sociological or historical simplifications. Flamenco is the result of the run along centuries of a musical aesthetic that permeated a long time sequence of varied origins and influences. However primitive flamenco sources have been explored and just have too much reasonable conjectures and great information gap is sometimes filled with more or less convincing theories. In our flamenco she was born and raised at the confluence of all those musicians with whom he has lived with and been influenced as much as in turn has given them throughout their training. According to experts there are musical elements left by other peoples who have influenced her pregnancy:


“The origin of flamenco was closely related with cafes singers.”

1. Tetrachords Hellenes and the Doric or Phrygian IM, transmitted by ancient peoples and Arabs, who came to cover the entire Mediterranean basin this particular musical mode.

2nd. Palms marked rhythms of African origin to the extent and development also influenced flamenco in its formation phase.

3rd. The Andalusian musical musical legacy that provides both structural and interpretive aspects such as plastics, ritual, spiritual, etc. large presence in the south of the peninsula.

4th. The contribution of the Roma people with ease and dedication to music and his playing singing and dancing.

5th. The contribution of Spanish, such as fandan- gos, seguidillas, jacks, Vito, ballads, tunes, peteneras, candle dances and musical Bul- ros substrate inherent to the various parts of the country music popular music.

6. The contribution of the Latin American folklore music and its cultural, economic and social relationship.

7. Sephardic, Jews and Spanish music in general subsequently expelled from the Peninsula, which also left an important musical dregs in it. Etc.


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