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Vivencias Imaginadas (Flamenco Guitar)

Updated: Jul 11, 2023

Vivencias Imaginadas (zapateado). Composed and performed by Vicente Amigo.

The zapateado — a dance with percussive footwork — has its origins in the pre-flamenco 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. Traditionally speaking, the main difference between the two styles is that the tanguillo is written for voice and guitar (i.e., no dance) and the zapateado is written for dance and guitar (ie., no singing). That said, dancers no longer perform the zapateado as frequently anymore. Instead, it has become largely a staple of flamenco’s solo guitar repertoire.

Vicente Amigo’s zapateado rhythm is a modern variation of the original rhythm. Whereas the traditional zapateado used a constant 6/8 phrasing with accents on beats 1 & 5, the modern zapateado uses 2 measures of 6/8 with asymmetric phrasing. The first measure of 6/8 accents beats 4 & 6 and the 2nd measure only accents beat 4. You can listen to Vicente's studio version of Vivencias Imaginadas here.


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