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HISTORY OF FLAMENCO

General Description

The subject deals with both the origin and history of flamenco and the forms, development and contents from which it is nourished and represented, through the varieties of song and lyrics, dance and guitar. The principle aims of the subject are:

  1. To get to know and discover this artistic-musical expression beyond the body of apparent forms from which it is known.
  2. To learn about the historical conditions that gave rise to Flamenco and its later evolution.
  3. To analyze the sociological substrata that Flamenco has gone through in its history.
  4. To reflect on the formal elements (hidden and evident), the mechanisms of expression, the conditions of production and reception of the messages of this artistic-musical expression.
  5. To recognise the styles of song and the most outstanding performers.

Content

  1. The origins and sources of knowledge of the flamenco phenomenon. Flamenco prehistory: from its origins until the 19th century.
  2. The first codification of flamenco: the 19th century and the Cafés Cantantes (Singing Cafés).
  3. The modern era: Flamenco Opera.
  4. Folklore and flamenco.
  5. The gipsy and flamenco.
  6. The song styles.
  7. Practice of the basic styles.
  8. Practice of derived styles.
  9. What does flamenco song talk about?
  10. A poor art? A cultured art?
  11. The collapsing of boundaries: Paco de Lucia. Camarón.
  12. The latest generations.
  13. Flamenco dance.
  14. Flamenco guitar.
  15. Flamenco in cinema and the plastic arts: a total art.
  16. Flamenco: Historical Patrimony of Humanity.

Assessment

ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION 40%
MID-TERM EXAM: 30%
FINAL EXAM 30%

Bibliography

  1. Alvarez Caballero, Ángel: Historia del cante flamenco. Alianza editorial. Barcelona, 1973
  2. El cante flamenco. Madrid. Alianza, 1994
  3. Gamboa, José Manuel: Una historia del flamenco. Madrid . Espasa.. 2005
  4. Gutiérrez, Balbino: Enrique Morente. La voz Libre. Madrid. Fundación Autor, 2006
  5. Mairena, Antonio y Molina, Ricardo: Mundo y formas del flamenco. Madrid. Revista de Occidente, 1963
  6. Ríos Ruiz, Manuel: Ayer y hoy del flamenco. Madrid. Istmo, 1997
  7. Steingress, Gerhard: Sociología del cante flamenco. Sevilla. Signatura Ediciones, 2005
  8. Washabaugh, William: Pasión, política y cultura popular. Barcelona. Paidós, 2005