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Music of the Bullfighting Ring!
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May 18, 2023 - 2:31 pm
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THIS is the music I always associated with Spain and the bullfighting ring... probably because I watched too many old romantic movies growing up! 🤭  A bullfight looked like a dance between the bull & 'matador', who was romanticized as an artist (in a twisted sense).

Matador de toros (killer of bulls)...  The style of the matador was regarded as being equally important as to whether or not he kills the bull. The more successful matadores were treated like rock stars, with comparable financial incomes, cult followings and accompanied by tabloid stories about their romantic conquests with women.  (Bullfighter - Wikipedia) 

Everyone recognize this one, played by Bogdan Costache


"España cañí" (meaning "Gypsy Spain" in Spanish) is a famous instrumental Spanish piece of pasodoble music by Pascual Marquina Narro (1873–1948). The song was written around 1923 and first recorded in 1926. In English it is also known as the Spanish Gypsy Dance.

Its main refrain (eight bars of arpeggiated chords that go from E major to F major (with added 4 instead of 5) to G major and back) is arguably the best known snippet of Spanish music and is popular worldwide.  (Wikipedia) 


If you get a chance, watch the 1992 film "Strictly Ballroom" - it's a wonderful romantic comedy!  Even though the pasodoble at the very end is stunning, there are many humorous scenes (like this one). 


May 18, 2023 - 6:09 pm
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...there's more than one Pasodoble! 

If you don't think Fiddlers play this kind of music in the USA, you're wrong! 

One example, a couple Pasodobles have been handed down from the early 1900's to present day Fiddlers in New Mexico - that are pretty special! 




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