Flamenco: A Guide for Tourists, Teachers & Students Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B007M2Q33W
- Publisher : Rachel W. Kirk; 1st edition (March 17, 2012)
- Publication date : March 17, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 1069 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 20 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,364,946 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In this short book, you are going to read about the art of flamenco, its origins and who influenced it, the three main elements of flamenco, instruments, what to expect during the show and so on. The author states that people who attend flamenco shows don’t know what to expect, what to look for and what to listen to. Therefore, the purpose of this guide is to introduce tourists to the culture of flamenco.
Flamenco is an art form known worldwide, specific to the Andalusian region of Spain and it comprises of three main elements: song (el cante), dance (el baile.) and music. Not all Spaniards think that this art is representative for their country, but the author traces the fascination for this culture back to the works of Miguel de Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Miguel de Unamuno, Pablo Picasso and so on. The origins of flamenco date back to hundreds or even thousands of years ago (according to some archaeological findings) and it’s mostly attributed to the Romani people who migrated from Pakistan to Spain, where they dealt with discrimination and oppression. Nevertheless, flamenco is only specific to Spain and its uniqueness may be the result of a combination of more ethnicities besides the Romanis because Spain was and still is a melting pot of cultures.
I won’t go into the rest of the book because I’ll let you discover more interesting facts about the three main elements of flamenco, what types of songs and themes are there, what instruments are used and how a show looks like. I highly enjoyed this short informative guide written in plain English and sprinkled with local terminology. The author goes step by step through every important part of the show, from the beginning to the end of the performance. She also lists the resources she used, at the end of the book
I could not put it down.
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