Chapter

Rhythms

Elisabeth Le Guin

in The Tonadilla in Performance

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2013 | ISBN: 9780520276307
Published online May 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780520956902 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520276307.003.0004
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The reductive and often stereotypical idea of “Spanish rhythm” has a long history, dating back at least five hundred years. On what realities might this idea be based? This chapter proposes an appropriately complex answer, based on the rhythms of Spanish high-art lyric poetry, as they were continuously distributed throughout the Spanish Empire and recirculated back to Spain after 1492. This excursus into Renaissance musical prosody serves to demonstrate the degree to which the tonadillas (and their public) participated in a new, modern, Italian galant rhythmic idiom, while strategically harking back to much older pan-Hispanic principles of prosodic, choric, and dramatic organization.

Keywords: Spanish rhythm; galant style; prosody; sesquiáltera; Blas de Laserna; Ramón De la Cruz; seguidillas; boleras

Chapter.  18239 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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