The Origin of Taranto

by Rodrigo Gonzalez

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  • Taranto, it belongs to the tangos group, with a binary metrical system. Originated in Almeria and descending from the Taranta. The difference is in the "compas". This folk song is coming from the miner area of Almeria, The Taranto also belongs to the group of the miner songs.

    Born in the most inhospitable miner basin, the taranta reflects in its tortured verses the superhuman effort, the terrible tiredness of the first country persons.
    Very expressive song. The guitar is used like the tone and rhythm support.
    Only great "cantaores" with special abilities were able to sing that kind of folk songs, like El Alpargatero, "el canario" and other. To show off, the cantaores extended the "tercios" and the phrase with some embellishment.
    Compas of 4/4.

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