Flamenco Music Theory

Flamenco Music Theory Rhythm, Harmony, Melody and Form
by Lola Fernandez 136 pages $39.95

   Flamenco is not just about music, but it is, above all else, music. Flamenco music is a unique and pure art form with an unusual degree of artistic wealth and musical complexity. Flamenco Music Theory is an analysis of the specific elements related to its expression: form, rhythm, melody and harmony. This classical approach to analysis, theory and notation provides musicians with familiar tools and terminology for a more detailed study of flamenco music. Flamenco musicians will find this book helpful for gaining further insight into their art form. Composers and artists from other musical genres can become familiar with flamenco by learning more about its musical elements, while students in music schools and conservatories will find Flamenco Music Theory useful as a textbook for further study.

The contents are listed below:

 Foreward By Claude Worms

 Foreward By Oscar Herrero


1. Form
Terminology: Cante (song), Palo (song form), Tercio (verse)
Categories of Flamenco Songs
General Categories of Cantes by Families
Basic Form of a Cante
Formal Components of the Instrumental Accompaniment
Vocal Sections
Listening Guides

2. Rhythm
Rhythm, Pulse and Accents
Rhythm and Compas (Meter and Time Signature)
Flamenco Rhythms and Compases
Definition of the Flamenco Term: Compas
Flexible, or "Elastic". Meter
Rhythmic Classification of the Cantes (Songs)

Flamenco Meters
Twelve-beat Compas (Meter)
Types of Twelve-Beat Meter
The Flamenco "Clock"

Rhythmic Families With A Twelve-Beat Compas:
Representative Cantes
Guajira, Petenera and Others

The Binary (Duple-Meter) Family: Representative Cantes
Tangos y Tientos

The Ternary (Or Triple-Meter) Family: Representative Cantes

The "Apparently Free" Meter Family

2. Melody
Modal System and Tonal System
Musical Systems and
Modes Used in Flamenco Music
Flamenco Melodies
Vocal Melodies of Modal Cantes
General Characteristics of
Melodies in "Unaccompanied" Cantes
Phygian Mode
Key Signature for the Phygian Mode
Major-Phygian Mode
Phrygian Cantes and Major-Phygian Cantes
Ionian Mode and Cantes in the Ionian Mode
Mixed-Mode Cantes or Cantes that Modulate
The Flamenco Mode and Cantes in the Flamenco Mode
Characteristic Melodies

3. Harmony

Flamenco Harmony
The Flamenco Mode
Flamenco Mode Key Signature
Flamenco Tonalities, or Keys
Andalusian Cadence
Flamenco Cadence
Flamenco Mode Perfect Cadence, or Resolving Cadence
Flamenco Mode Perfect Cadences or Resolving Cadence
Variations within the Flamenco Cadence
Substitute Chords
Chord Variations
Second Tetrachord of the Flamenco Mode: Scale Degrees V, VI, and VII
Secondary Dominants
Bimodality or Dual Modality: The Flamenco Relative Major
Other Characteristic "Inflections" or Modulations: The Cambio (Change)

Harmony of the Most Representative Cantes
Liviana, Serrana y Cabales
El Polo y La Cana
Tangos Tonales
Fandangos and Cantes from the Levante Family
Fandangos "A compass" (In Strict Rhythm)
Natural Fandangos, Malaguena, rondena, Granaina, and Cantes from Levante
"Cantes de Ida y Vuelta" Family
Garrotin y Farruca
Flamencoized Cantes Family
Keys and Modes of the Cantes

4. Contemporary Flamenco and Flamenco "Fusion"
Jazz-Flamenco and Flamenco-Jazz Fusion
Instrumental Options, Other Types of Fusion and Future Prospects


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