Seguiriya flamenco palo


The Seguiriyas, also called siguiriyas or siguerillas, are among the oldest and most fundamental flamenco songs, principally expressing the tragedy of the gypsy life and the profound gitano soul, reflecting the so called cante jondo or deep, solemn songs. The Seguiriya has taken its name from the seguidilla, an old Castilian folksong and dance form. The solemnity of Seguiriya is expressed directly from the beginning when the dancer takes the form of a long walk. The singing is very dramatic and powerful through its lamentations, using only a small amount of lyrics and therefore considered as one of the most characteristic styles of flamenco singing. At the beginning of 19th century, deriving from the primitive tonas, the Seguiriyas became very popular, having 3 main places of origin: Cadiz and Los Puertos, Jerez and Triana in Sevilla. Generally, the coplas of the Seguiriya consists of four verses of 7 syllables, except 10 syllables for the third verse, although there is a certain freedom in choosing the letras.

The rhythmic patterns of the Siguiriyas are more complex, having a mixed compas, combining 3/4 and 6/8 time: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12