Isaac Romagosa


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This project aims to develop a different approach to the flamenco music composition based on the mix and integration of different concepts and ideas from European post-impressionstic composers like Lili Boulanger, Olivier Messiaen or Béla Bartók. Flamenco and classical and contemporary music have had a huge influence on me all my musical academic years and I wanted to explore the possibilities that the fusion of these two worlds could provide. First I started by analyzing the seven modes of limited transposition by Olivier Messiaen and some of the work by Lili Boulanger, pieces such as ""D’un Matin de Printemps” (1917) or “D’un vieux jardin” (1914). I discovered that some of Messiaen’s modes, specially the 3rd and 4th mode, share similarities with the Phrygian Spanish Scale, scale that is used to give the flamenco flavour or color, as it contains the same kind of intervallic pattern but 3 times, generating a 3 tonic system that allows to move in major thirds. Lili’s Pedal concept also served as a drone idea sometimes used in flamenco music. I picked 3 different flamenco palos (flamenco sub-styles): Buleria de Cadiz, Buleria de Jerez and Tientos and applied some of this ideas to create 4 different tunes.

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Boston Campus


Project Components: paper (.pdf), presentation (.pdf), audio files (ZIP file contianing 4 .wav files), scores (ZIP file contianing 3 .pdf documents).

Dialogues: Composing music through the intersection of flamenco music and post-impressionistic European composers