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Amazing Information About the Music and Dance Form Known as The Flamenco

Many people find music and dance to be a very understandable art form although quite unique from other art forms like sculpting, painting, architecture and the likes. Music plays an important part in every culture in all countries; it is used for a lot of things, for traditions, entertainment purposes, religious acts, and a lot more.

Music also has an essential role in Spain’s culture and history; the biggest influence in Spain’s music is the Roman culture because they have been a major cultural dominance for hundreds of years, even introducing the influence of Greek music. Apart from the Romans, the Visigoths also dismounted, an East Germanic tribe, then after them came the Jews, then eventually the Moors; these series of events led to the different influences on Spain and its culture and music that made Spain’s musical style and forms unique. Because Spain’s geography had also transformed her ancestry, it’s only natural that each region of Spain shows a number of types or distinct music and dance culture; it would be more pleasurable for you to study this if you had a background on Spanish language and culture which can be given by short courses like those in Rocket Spanish websites. Rocket Spanish or Bust is a Computer Assisted Language Learning that can help you speak Spanish fluently.

A popular music form that came from Spain is Flamenco, which numerous people wrongly thought to be the national music of Spain. Ironically, Flamenco is actually not known everywhere in Spain; it’s only famous in a certain parts, particularly the Andalusian region of Spain and in a few of the smaller surrounding regions. Most people have no idea that Flamenco was not really known as a popular music and dance form before, and a lot of the information found about the Flamenco can be explained by by its troubled history.

Flamenco is one of a kind for its sweeping and rapid dance moves, the guitar accompaniment, and the loud, audible footfalls of the dancers. On the contrary, Flamenco is only famous just in one area of Spain; an autonomous community in Spain named Andalusia, which is considered the largest in terms of land area in the country. Flamenco also symbolizes the complex music and tradition of Spain; however, discoveries exploring the origins of Flamenco until today have inconclusive findings.

Andalusia was one of the poorest, most ignored locations in Spain during the time when Flamenco first made its popularity in the country. It’s not entirely astonishing that historians didn’t make much effort to study nor record the development of this art form; it simply wasn’t a priority back then; Gypsies were considered to be the bottom of the barrel as far as social caste system is concerned. Because Flamenco was mostly practiced by the lower levels of society, the upper class people do not much curiosity on it to give much weight to it and the historians did not gave much attention to it and recorded very little information about it. The locals of the Andalusian regions are also some of the most persecuted people during the inquisition; the point that they were uneducated didn’t help their status so if the historians didn’t record the nuances surrounding the development of Flamenco as an art form, they only passed on the history through oral tradition which tends to die out eventually.

Even with our technology today, historians and experts are still studying and researching to know the exact ancestry and history of Flamenco; even the origins of the name is still unknown. In fact, it did not just succeed throughout the generation but it became known and really transformed into a widely studied music and dance style until today.


Ancient Roman Art

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