Spanish final paper - Flynn 1 Patrick Flynn Experiencing...

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Flynn Patrick Flynn Experiencing Music Lisa Mott 2 nd December 2007 Musical heritage of Spain Spain is a country of rich musical heritage located in Southwestern Europe. Bordering the country on each side are the Bay of Biscay, the Mediterranean Sea, the North Atlantic Ocean, and the Pyrenees Mountains. (CIA 2006) Southwest of France, Spain was once inhabited by Iberian tribes. It would host Celtic, Phoenician, Hebrew, Greek, and Carthaginian cultures before a six-century occupation by the Romans (second century B.C. to the fifth century of the common era), followed by three hundred years of Visigothic rule. With such varied cultures it is no wonder that Spanish music is so unique and in a way almost envelops the entire culture. The invasion by Moors from North Africa in the early part of the millennium led to the creation of the Arab kingdom and then followed by the rise of Al-Andalus as a form of music. This was during the Christian recon quest from the Moors that fueled the Inquisition in 1478 eventually leading to the expulsion of the Jews in 1492. Also during this time the Christians were forcing conversion into Christianity across all religious backgrounds. Spanish music was greatly influenced when flamenco was first introduced as a more traditional lively dance done to music. The unique style of dance would eventually become a stepping-stone for music and dance across the world. Flamenco, which is a type of couples dancing, involves lively actions that are very rhythmic 1
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Flynn involving the clapping of hands and feet stomping that originated in the southern part of Spain. However, certain traditional groups like the Moors, Gitano’s, and Jews verbally uses flamenco as a folk ritual but later development changed the flamenco traditions. In more recent history flamenco dancing has branched out to different styles of Spanish music like pop and hip-hop. These dances have become very popular in our world today, including a version done to guitar. Furthermore, both modern and classical Spanish music have maintained the same
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