Barrio la Viña (alegrías). Composed and performed by Paco de Lucía.
The flamenco style of alegrías belongs to the cantiñas rhythmic and harmonic family. These styles all have 12 beats and are typically written in major keys. That said, the dance version of the alegría style includes a minor section called a silencio and Paco de Lucia composed this piece using both major and minor keys. The origins of the alegría lie in the rhythm of the soleá and the vocal melody of the Spanish folkloric jota from Aragón. It was developed around 1866 as a dance, voice, and guitar form meant to contrast the dark and melancholic tone of the soleá.