By Claus Schreiner

Written via a gaggle of devoted flamenco fanatics, this ebook strains the heritage and improvement of flamenco, the stirring type of people dance created by way of the gypsies of the Andalusian sector of Spain within the nineteenth century and nonetheless well known at the present time.

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228). < previous page page_48 next page > < previous page page_49 next page > Page 49 The Spiritual World of Flamenco Marion Papenbrok A careful listener at a flamenco performanceone that does not implicitly assume an ignorant and superficial audienceis struck by its extremely dramatic quality. The acting of the singers and dancerstheir painfully distorted faces, even when singing melodies sounding light and cheerful, or their expression of a deep, almost religious gravitymay be disconcerting to Central European and American audiences.

The only real question is whether flamenco-rock, for example, is still authentic gypsy-Andalusian flamenco. Would essential characteristics be lost in such a combination? In this connection a related question is whether this kind of combination is not absolutely necessary to appeal to Andalusian youthgypsies < previous page page_31 next page > < previous page page_32 next page > Page 32 among themin order to save flamenco from becoming a dying art. Thus "Los Chunguitos", a trio made up of three gypsies from the Extremadura near the Portuguese border, enjoyed sudden popularity throughout Spain with two flamenco-pop songs from the Carlos Saura film Deprise, Deprise.

Thus "Los Chunguitos", a trio made up of three gypsies from the Extremadura near the Portuguese border, enjoyed sudden popularity throughout Spain with two flamenco-pop songs from the Carlos Saura film Deprise, Deprise. This form of flamenco is not only easier for the public to "swallow", but even to embrace! Flamenco can contribute to pop music its special rhythmic and melodic characteristics. It would not be the first time that a folk idiom has made a contribution to the larger musical world.

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