Song of the Outcasts: An Introduction to Flamenco Hardcover with CD

Song of the Outcasts: An Introduction to Flamenco Hardcover with CD

by Robin Totton
     
 
Flamenco has taken the world by storm, with huge crowds experiencing its power. Ironically, though, if the performance is authentic - and much in the tourist trade is not - the uninitiated may find it baffling; the rhythms are exotic and strange, the intensity of feeling startling. Yet for the Andalusians, flamenco has been familiar for a thousand years: it is the

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Flamenco has taken the world by storm, with huge crowds experiencing its power. Ironically, though, if the performance is authentic - and much in the tourist trade is not - the uninitiated may find it baffling; the rhythms are exotic and strange, the intensity of feeling startling. Yet for the Andalusians, flamenco has been familiar for a thousand years: it is the song of the outcasts. Robin Totton writes from his life among them, for he has come as close to flamenco as any outsider can hope to. Readers will follow as he walks us through the poetic song forms, the rhythmic guitar and the flamboyant dance, as well as the vocabulary, names and places of living art of flamenco. Item #00331637 is a paperback edition with an accompanying CD.

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Library Journal
In this helpful and clearly written guide, flamenco scholar Totton explodes some myths about his beloved subject. He contends that those who have recently enjoyed flamenco in a commercial venue did not see an authentic performance; and that others who did happen to hear authentic flamenco probably disliked it because it was so unfamiliar. Confident that many more people would be enthusiasts with the proper knowledge, he opens with the basic elements (song, dance, and guitar), reiterating that flamenco is, first and foremost, song-a solo and forceful expression of strong feeling developed via complex rhythms and re-created at each performance. In detail, he explains the complicated structure of many song forms through examples on the accompanying CD. Also documented are recent influences, such as flamenco rock fusion, and hypothesizes on future developments. Totton's pronouncements of what is or is not authentic flamenco occasionally grates, but this criticism is insignificant in view of the wealth of substantive pointers that he imparts. Every reader's enjoyment of and appreciation for flamenco will surely increase. Suitable for music collections in large public and academic libraries.-Joan Stahl, Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781574670790
Publisher:
Hal Leonard Corporation
Publication date:
05/01/2003
Edition description:
BOOK & CD
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.84(d)

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