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Haas, Ken.
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New York : Thames & Hudson, 2000.
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176 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 32 cm
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GV1796.F55 H33 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
GV1796.F55 H33 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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The word flamenco has an international resonance, yet few people know much about flamenco itself - for most it means a colourful Spanish dance but behind the superficial image lies a significant history and evolution. This study explores this history from its earliest beginnings in songs, to its present sophistication in the combination of leading singers and dancers. The religious and ethnic influences on flamenco are analyzed as well as its place in literature, the themes that appear in it songs, its grounding in Andalusia and the 20th-century revival of its basic meaning under the aegis of the poet Lorca and other Spanish notables.

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This introductory text elucidates the complicated history of flamenco, Spain's traditional and ritualistic form of song, music, and dance. The meaning and origin of the term flamenco have been debated, and the contributions of Gypsies, Andalusian nobility, and Moors to the development of this native art have been variously interpreted. Edwards (Spanish, Univ. of Wales) clarifies the multifarious opinions, presenting flamenco within social, cultural, and historical context, spanning from the 15th century to the present. He outlines and illustrates the categories of flamenco and presents brief information on the careers of leading musicians and dancers. A concluding chapter examines flamenco more broadly and considers its links to religion and bullfighting. Flamenco is passionate, romantic, and dramatic, and care has been taken to convey these qualities through the book's design: the text is on bright yellow paper, and almost every page includes engaging black-and-white prints and historical photographs. Full-page color photographs, frequently close-ups, capture the color and excitement that is synonymous with flamenco. Recommended for public libraries.ÄJoan Stahl, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.