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Rio de Plata (Flamenco Guitar)

Updated: Jul 10, 2023

Rio de Plata (granaína). Composed & performed by José Manuel León.

José Manuel León is a future superstar of flamenco guitar and composition. He has composed for solo guitar, instrumental ensembles, and for dance and voice accompaniment for over 30 years. León has a unique playing and compositional style that pushes flamenco to another level. This piece is an original granaína from his album, Sirimusa.

In previous posts, I mentioned that the granaína is a fandango from Granada, Spain that originated in the late 1800s. It has its roots in the Spanish folkloric malaguena but is performed with an ad libitum (freely improvised) tempo and an undefined rhythm. Like most flamenco styles, the granaína is traditionally a vocal style with complex and melismatic melodies. Solo guitar versions of this style mimic the musicality of the voice.


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