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Not only Flamenco - History of Spanish music

One of the typical things that are always associated with Spain, is the "flamenco". If you see a guitar, you tend to think in Spain automatically, right? This form of music, which appeared in the Spanish south, Andalucía, with the passage of time led to musical symbol of the whole country.

Few foreigners know that the Spanish music is much more than the "flamenco". Each region has its own style of music. The "Flamenco" for instance, is only represented in the south. The music of the northeast is the "Jota", the North seems more Irish than Spanish, as the typical instrument is the “cornamusa”. In the most remote period of the Iberian Peninsula, many years before Christ, many different cultures of the Mediterranean region gathered at the same stage, Spain were given. The country was a melting pot of cultures and highlighted the most diverse and disparate musical creation.
 

The Roman Empire brought the music and ideas of ancient Greece, the Christian lyrics and the Germans predisposed culture and music. During the Middle Ages, the Jews and the Arabs brought new ideas and styles. During the Renaissance, there is an Arabic influence, contributing to the development of instrumental music, as the Spanish guitar. Later in the first half of the 16th century, a French style comes into Spain. During the Holy Roman Empire, under the rule of King Charles I, the musicians begin to travel within the empire (which is close to Italy and Germany), and evolve new styles mixing what they collect during the journey.

In the late 17th century, people stop paying attention for classical music. Regional and folk music becomes famous. During the dictatorship of Franco, who tries to create a uniform, centralized nationalist state, prohibits all elements of regional culture. (The language, literature and music). After the dictator's death, the Anglo-American music prevails. With the help of passion and rhythm of "flamenco", the musicians create their own style. Music festivals, which arise in the second half of the last century, creating a space where musicians can present modern music; many music stars are illustrated with the help of these festivals. In short we can say that have more than two millennia of internal and external influences doomed to a very diverse and interesting musical culture. So when someone approaches the subject of Spanish music, delete the "flamenco" and thinks that diversity offered in Spain.

 

Written by Eurodesk Qualified Multiplier, Ayuntamiento de Alaquás

 

 

Published: Tue, 02/06/2015 - 10:03


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