San Francisco , CA (PressExposure) January 12, 2010 -- This release covers the main traits of the Spanish music. The regional distribution of Spanish folk music is more prominent then it is believed. The branches include the regions of Asturias, Andalusia, Catalonia and Extremadura.
"The regions of Asturias, Galicia and Cantabria have a distinct tradition which bears a powerful Celtic stamp. The signature instrument is the gaita, an instrument similar to the classic bagpipe of Scotland. Castille, Madrid and Leon is a large region that has been marked by numerous sources: Portuguese, Roman, Gypsy, Moor and others. In other words spanish guitar lessons often refer to a very general style, while spanish music is much more complex and branched than it is believed" said Hober.
The main differences between regions is the signature instrument, flamenco has 3 forms: singing, dancing and guitar playing, while Catalonian is best known for the sardana(a circle dance) it becomes clear that there is cultural distinction between each of those regions, and that it would require a large study to include them all.
The history behind today's Spanish music includes 3 major phases: in the early history several cultural streams merged in the first few centuries of the Christian era and developed a form of "sacred music of the Christian church". When the Romans had control of Spain any locally developed music was banned.
The Renaissance and Baroque made it's mark as the polyphonic vocal style inherent to the 16th century deeply influenced Spanish music and the most notable character is the great composer Tomas Luis de Victoria, who has perfected the level of polyphonic expression.
By the late 17th century the classical Spanish musical culture was in decline, and it remained so until the 19th century. The focus shifted to folk and popular music until the late Romantic era when it was revived.