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La Barrosa (Flamenco Guitar)

La Barrosa (Alegría) 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. 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. La Barrosa, the title of this piece, is a beautiful beach in the city of Chiclana de la Frontera -- S.W. Spain in the province of Cádiz. This is one of Paco de Lucía's most iconic compositions.


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