An expert explains and analyzes the beloved art form
An iconic symbol of Spain, flamenco has become a global phenomenon. Peter Manuel offers English-language readers a rare portrait of the music’s history, styles, and cultural impact. Beginning with flamenco’s Moorish and Roma influences, Manuel follows the music’s evolution through its consolidation in the mid-1800s and on to the vibrant contemporary scene. An investigation of flamenco’s major song-types looks at rhythm and compás, guitar technique, and many other aspects of the music while Manuel’s description and analysis of the repertoire range from soleares and bulerías to tangos. His overview of contemporary flamenco culture provides insight into issues that surround the music, including globalization, gender dynamics, notions of ownership, and the ongoing debates on purity versus innovation and the relative roles played by Gitanos and non-Gitanos.
Multifaceted and entertaining, Flamenco Music is an in-depth study of the indelible art form that inspires enthusiasts and practitioners around the world.
Part I. History
1 Pre-Flamenco Music
2 The Café Cantante Period, 1860-1920s
3 From Stagnation to Revival
Part II. Structure and Forms in Flamenco
5 The Flamenco Repertoire: Description and Analysis
6 Flamenco Lyrics
Part III. Flamenco Culture
7 The Contemporary Scene
8 Perspectives on Flamenco Culture
Peter Manuel is a professor emeritus of ethnomusicology at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the author of eight books, including Tales, Tunes, and Tassa Drums: Retention and Invention in Indo-Caribbean Music.
“Comprehensive, rigorous, and accessible--qualities that don’t always coincide. This book tackles flamenco history, structure, and culture in a way that is professional and compassionate. Literature on flamenco often undiscerningly presents a jumble of facts, hypothesis, suppositions, stories, and legends; this work masterfully untangles these and even-handedly dissects several polemics. One of the most important contributions to the field.”--John Moore, flamenco guitarist