Iberia: The Influence of Flamenco Rhythms on Spanish Piano Music.

TitleIberia: The Influence of Flamenco Rhythms on Spanish Piano Music.
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsCroco, Rebecca Ann
Academic DepartmentMusic
Thesis AdvisorCoolen, Michael
DegreeBachelor of Arts in International Studies in Music
Number of Pages38
Date Published06/2004
UniversityOregon State University
Thesis TypeUndergraduate
Keywordsinfluence, music, piano, Spain

The music of the Iberian Peninsula has been influenced by a variety of cultures for over two millennia. In the early twentieth century, composer Isaac Albéniz, inspired by the songs, dances, and rhythms of flamenco, incorporated them into his piano suite Iberia. In my thesis I focus on his use of flamenco rhythms as a defining characteristic of his Nationalistic piano music. Flamenco, itself a musical amalgamation of several cultures, has two main rhythmic aspects: the compás, or a set rhythm pattern, and the use of polyrhythms. Using El Puerto from Iberia Volume I as a case study, as well as excerpts from the other volumes and examples of flamenco music, I show how the music of Iberia strongly reflects the rhythms of flamenco as typified by the of use compás and polyrhythms.