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Tirana (ii)

in Grove Music Online

Volume Grove Music Online, issue Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630

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A dance-song, probably of Andalusian origin, which between 1780 and 1790 enjoyed a great vogue in Spain as the finale to the popular tonadillas. It is usually in 6/8 time with syncopated rhythm, and the tempo is faster than that of the seguidilla, which until then was the preferred final number. The verse form of the tirana in the tonadillas consists ordinarily of four lines of eight syllables with a varying estribillo (refrain).

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Subjects: Music

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