Since the winter semester 2019/2020, SONGLINES have also been walked at Nuremberg University of Music. Students and lecturers from various fields of study are turning their attentions to the transculturality of songs and music in creative projects, both artistically and scientifically: with songs that connect people, countries and continents. Songs that make diversity and cultural variety audible, and also those that persist throughout the changing course of history.
In “Klangelsurium”, students of Elementary Music Pedagogy presented the first project results in January 2020.
SONGLINES @ University of Music means: work in progress!
The next two projects are dedicated to the phenomenon of flamenco:
New formats are currently being developed due to coronavirus.
We will keep you posted!
The cante flamenco, or cante jondo (deep, melancholy singing) originated in 15th century Spain through the synthesis of Moorish and Jewish culture and the traditions of the gypsies. These peoples shared the common fate of persecution by the Catholic kings, who wanted to force them to convert to Catholicism. Flamenco singing is an emotional lament full of intensity and drama, which ascends all the way to ecstasy. It is the voice of protest, fear and despair of the common people and was a “forbidden art” until the 18th century. Jerez de la Frontera is considered the birthplace of cante flamenco, and from there it spread throughout Andalusia due to the gypsies’ nomadic lifestyle.
Over time, flamenco dancing developed and guitar joined the singing as a complementary counterpart with a style that is unique to flamenco. Composers such as Manuel De Falla, Joaquín Turina and Joaquín Rodrigo found inspiration in flamenco, but its influence went even further and can be found in works by Fernando Sor, Antonio Soler and in the famous opera Carmen by the Frenchman Georges Bizet. Today, flamenco is known all over the world and in 2010 was put on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list.