Canto as read: the encounter with the classics .

This second part, nucleated by Cervantes, is dedicated to classic writers and poets: Miguel de Cervantes, Pedro Calderon de la Barca, Jorge Manrique, several Andalusian authors (Ibn Yudi, Almutamid, Muqaddam Ibn Muafa, etc.) and other anonymous. Through different flamenco styles they are interpreted poems by various authors mentioned above.

In the year 2015 the fourth centenary of the publication of the second part of Don Quixote was held. My proposal is that in the month of November, coinciding with the 5th anniversary of the declaration to «Flamenco» Intangible Heritage of Humanity «will take place the presentation of the project; «I sing as I read: Cervantes»


Introducing students flamenco music project with Cervantes at the University of Fine Arts.

Introducing students flamenco music project with Cervantes at the University of Fine Arts.


Poems and other texts of Cervantes :

  • Bulerías.
  • Romance Altisidora. Guajiras, Colombian and tanguillos different parts of the poem.
  • «Someplace in Mancha…».


Poem by Jorge Manrique;                                              

  • I’m the one who saw me free. Tangos.

Poem of Calderon de la Barca :

  • They have a wise one day. Guajiras.

Andalusian poems;

  • Ibn Yudi, since her voice heard. Tangos
  • Hafsa Bint Al Hayy Al Rakuniyya:

Ask the quivering lightning

  • Smail Kuasmuna Bin Al – Yahudy:

    I see a garden

  • Abu Bakr Ibn Abdul Malik Quzman

    Catch me this olive

  1. Goals

The fundamental aim of this project is to spread our culture as essential pillars using two, such as poetry and flamenco.

The objectives to achieve with this activity are:

  • Understand that the musicality of the Castilian language has conditioned the creation of flamenco music.
  • Understanding the musicality and rhythm of the poems that serve as letters singing, mastering the art of reading and declamation
  • Appreciate flamenco as one of the most unique features of the cultural heritage of Andalusia, valuing it as one of the greatest exponents of Andalusian cultural identity.
  • Casar different styles of flamenco melodic variety of poems.


  1. Structure activity

The literary-musical activity will last approximately an hour and a quarter. The structure of it is organized in a unitary manner by integrating image, sound, touch, song and dance.

  1. An artistic film with the self-portrait of Cervantes, created by the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Granada.


Video-art in collaboration with «Cia The Coet» plays the song Lirola Fernando Barros, with lyrics by Miguel de Cervantes. Literary portrait of flamenco rhythm with the intervention of images developed from poetic art.

Musical concert (Flemish) selected poems
The show introduces us to work through selected poems, many of Cervantes as our Andalusian poets.

Flamenco and romantic art of emotions and feelings expressed through dance, guitar playing and singing. In our case, the musical concert will help us to deepen and poems drawn from the ideas, emotions and feelings they convey their authors.

Asher Barrett



Metamorphic Transformation

Observing metamorphic transformations in nature allows us to extrapolate that method to humans and the arts. That is to say, the foundational substance becomes a supporting substance retained in the new identity. These essential elements are absorbed, now invisible to the observer, while the transformed form creates a stunning awareness of the new.

Likewise, our compositions make use of a similar pattern of creative mutation, if you will. We begin with folk songs that poet Federico Garcia Lorca chose, rescued from oblivion, transcribed for the piano and performed in various venues. Following a trajectory of revealing hidden elements, we submit them to an unexpected metamorphic process. The melodic essences of the old songs are those that give musical meaning to different poems that Lorca wrote.

Additionally, in his short life, he created diverse artistic works, including poetry, music, and literature. He also created formidable works for the theater, while also embracing other mediums such as painting. His contemporaries and artistic collaborators included Joan Miro and Salvador Dali.

«Lorca in the Keys of Hands and Voice,” a concert conceived and presented by Adam Kent and Fernando Barros, is a musical innovation inspired by Lorca’s example. Lorca collected melodies from the Spanish folklore repertoire and transcribed them for the piano using two different concepts: 1) adapting the old melodies to various of his poem, as for example, ANDA JALEO to the poem «Preciosa y el Aire”; and 2) singing the old songs using the expressive, emotive characteristics inherent in flamenco music.

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