The Works Of Francisco Pena Perez

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Francisco Peña Pérez, or popularly known as Paco Peña, is a 73-year-old Spanish guitarist, composer, producer and innovator of Flamenco. He was born in Andalucian city of Cordoba on June 1st, 1942 and has started learning how to play the guitar from his brother at the age of 6. At the age of 12, he experienced his first professional performance. He performed throughout Spain in his early age and decided to move to London in 1960s to pursue his career abroad. According to Woodall (n.d.), “ since then, his reputation as a refined interpreter of traditional flamenco-guitar forms has remained unequalled”. He was able to do solo performances in well-known and huge stadiums such as Monumental Royal Albert Hall in London, New York’s Carnegie Hall…show more content…
So until Charles III gave them the citizenship, they had a very challenging life and that is reflected in Flamenco. Katz stated, they developed a song repertory of a special character, the essence of which, rooted in poverty, expressed the plight of their existence and gave impetus to poetic and musical forms that had become prominent around the mid-18th century. (n.d.) As the gypsies continued to settle in and live freely, flamenco became a significant musical genre in Andalucia and it became well-known for entertainment in the cafés cantates (singing cabarets) built in different cities. Flamenco became more and more popular as generations go by, until even the non-gypsies perform this musical genre as well. Flamenco has genuineness in its style of music. Manuel stated, flamenco songs typically alternate verses with a catchy, singable refrain and pre-arranged instrumental interludes. The latter generally foreground guitar, but the accompaniment as a whole often includes bass, percussion, and perhaps other instruments. (2010, p. 115) There are three main types that are presented in the scales used in flamenco. First is the Medieval Phrygian or is also called as Greek Dorian. Phrygian is diatonic according to Johnson (1993), which means Phrygian has a seven note scale that has an octave span filled by 5 tones or 2 semitones (Drabkin, n.d.). The second type is a modified scale resembling the Arab maqam Hijazi and the third type is a bimodal configuration alternating

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