Binary Metric Flamenco

  • Garrotin, it belongs to the folkloric branch, to the tangos group and has a bunary measure.
    Non Andalusian folkloric origin, coming from the "Asturiano" folklor. Probably coming from teh Catalonian gypsies, as it came from the tango "compás": The song is accompanied by a dance and its peak period was at the begining of the XX. Century.
    Its verses contain four octosyllable lines. THe second one and the fourth one rhyme amd we repeat a refrain between them.
  • Rumbas, they belong to the Latin American branch, to the tangos group and the measure is binary. "Aflamencado" songs belonging to the songs of "Ida y Vuelta". A musical rhythm like a dance style coming from Africa, through the slave trade to Cuba. The rumba arrived in Spain with the flamenca rumba and the Catalonian rumba. Connected to the "guaracha" more than with the Cuban rumba.
  • Tarantas, they belong to the Andalusian songs branch, folk songs from the East coast, flamenco styles originated in the eastern provinces, Almeria and Murcia, songs from the mine, and free measure. They belong to the tangos group with a binary measure. The taranta is the major song of the eastern style. Long song, hard, rough and manly, only influenced by the fandango. The taranta is the mine song par excellence. Born in the miner basins the taranta is the reflect of the tortured landscapes and transmit the superhuman efforts and the tiredness of the first countrymen.
    Very romantic folk song and very expressive. The guitar is the tone support and keeps the rhythm.
  • Taranto, it belongs to the tangos group, with a binary metrical system. Originated in Almeria and descending from the Taranta. The difference is in the "compas". This folk song is coming from the miner area of Almeria, The Taranto also belongs to the group of the miner songs.
    Born in the most inhospitable miner basin, the taranta reflects in its tortured verses the superhuman effort, the terrible tiredness of the first country persons.
    Very expressive song. The guitar is used like the tone and rhythm support.
    Only great "cantaores" with special abilities were able to sing that kind of folk songs, like El Alpargatero, "el canario" and other. To show off, the cantaores extended the "tercios" and the phrase with some embellishment.
    Compas of 4/4.
  • "Tientos", it belongs to the gypsy singing branch and it is included in the "tientos" family, dancing singing, included in the "tangos" group and binary style. In the area of classical music there is a composition called "Tiento" (singular) but it has nothing to do with the anterior definition. The "copla" contains three or four verses, octosyllables, and a refrain. Coming from the flamenco tango, even if the rhythm is slower, therefore we called it "tango tiento" primitivally.
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