Music of Spain

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The Music of Spain has a vibrant and long history which has had an important impact on music in Western culture. Although the music of Spain is often associated with traditions like flamenco and the acoustic guitar, Spanish music is in fact incredibly diverse from region to region. Flamenco, for example, is an Andalusian musical genre, which, contrary to popular belief, is not widespread outside that region. In contrast, the music of Galicia and Asturias, in the north, which has ancient celtic roots, has more in common with the music of Ireland and France than with the unique Basque music right nearby. Other regional styles of folk music abound in Aragon, Catalonia, Valencia, Castile, Llión and Asturias. Spain has also had an important role within the history of classical music from Renaissance composers like Tomás Luis de Victoria to the zarzuela of Spanish opera to the passionate ballets of Manuel de Falla and the guitarist Pepe Romero. The contemporary music scene in Spain, centered in Madrid and Barcelona, has made contributions to contemporary music within the areas of Pop, rock, hip hop, and heavy metal music.

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