The Difference Between Spanish Music and Latin American Music

Music serves as a great form of human expression and communication. Spanish music has a rich long history that contributes to its great diversity and is reflective of the various musical traditions across its regions. The music of Latin American was greatly influenced by the European settlers during the 16th-century conquest by the Spanish and Portuguese. These countries have styles of music that showcase their rich cultural heritage. Still, there are significant differences between Spanish Music and Latin American Music when you look at factors such as styles, instrumentation, musical history or even culture implications.

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What is Flamenco Music

Ostensibly the most prominent Spanish music art-form, the Flamenco has its origins in the different folkloric music traditions of Andalusia. It incorporates singing (cante), guitar playing (toque), dance (baile), vocalizations (jaleo), hand clapping (palmas), and finger snapping (pitos).

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A History of Spanish Music

Rich, diverse and interesting is the history of Spanish music. Various cultural trends such as the bagpipe-based music of the northwest, the jota of the north and central, and the flamenco from the southern regions as well as centuries of uninterrupted Roman influence contributed greatly to the rich diversity observed in Spanish music. Although commercial pop music now dominates the industry, the expansiveness of melodic development can be found in music composers like Tomás Luis de Victoria, the zarzuela style of Spanish musical show, Manuel de Falla’s ballet, and Francisco Tárrega’s guitar music.

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