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Percusión Flamenca & Adelita

Updated: Jun 8, 2022

Percusión Flamenca (zapateado). Composed and performed by Paco de Lucía. The zapateado — “percussive foot work” in Spanish — is another style in the flamenco genre. Musically, the zapateado has its origins in the pre-flamenco “tanguillo” (or Tanguillo de Cádiz) which was originally a style of music with singing that was (and still is) a staple of Spain’s annual Carnaval festival. The main difference between the two styles is that the tanguillo is traditionally for voice and guitar (i.e., no dance) and the zapateado is for dance and guitar (ie., no singing). Currently the zapateado is not performed frequently by dancers anymore. Instead, it has become part of flamenco’s solo guitar repertoire as is seen here in Paco de Lucía’s performance.

• Flamenco Guitar •


Adelita (mazurka). Composed by Francisco Tárrega and performed by Tavi Jinariu. The mazurka is a music and dance style from 16th century Poland that became very popular in 19th century Spain (when F. Tárrega was in his compositional prime). Adelita is a standard in the classical guitar repertoire and although relatively short, it is musically and technically very rich. This is a really fun piece to play and I hope that you find Tavi’s version inspiring!

• Classical Guitar •


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