Flamenco’s Soul


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Flamenco’s Soul

by Xirana / N.Vives

In this works I’ve tried to catch two of the sides of Flamenco, one more playfull that sings lighter subjects including love, bawdy humor and happiness and the other one more deep and sad. Flamenco, specially the Cante jondo, is known for its emotional intensity. Meaning “profound” and “deep,” this intensely sad form of cante deals with themes of death, anguish, despair, love and love betrayed, displacement, incarceration, sickness and loss or religious sentiments.

Lorca used the title Poema del Cante Jondo for a collection of poems. One of them is “The Guitar” which has inspired some of the works shown here. He makes a personalisation of the guitar that sings his fear for the uncertain future, “Arrow without target”, a metaphor of the anguish that feels the poet who can not know his destiny.

“Heart mortally wounded by five swords”, the poet is suffering and this pain is drawn by the five swords, the five fingers of the hand producing the sounds of the guitar to express his torment.

The Guitar

The weeping of the guitar
The goblets of dawn
are smashed.
The weeping of the guitar
to silence it.
to silence it.
It weeps monotonously
as water weeps
as the wind weeps
over snowfields.
to silence it.
It weeps for distant
Hot southern sands
yearning for white camellias.
Weeps arrow without target
evening without morning
and the first dead bird
on the branch.
Oh, guitar!
Heart mortally wounded
by five swords.

Federico Garcia Lorca

Poema del cante jondo





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