Mar 17 2014

Music: Andalusian Music – Oud & Guitar

Published by at 10:43 am under Music

A little music for you today…

This music is a mixture of Arabic/North African and Spanish influences. We tend to think of Spain as being a land of Catholic uniformity, but let’s not forget that much of the Iberian peninsula was ruled by Muslims for several centuries. Prior to the Spanish Inquisition and the expulsion of Jews and Muslims from Spain in 1492, Spain was a land of rich and complex mixing of cultures and religions — Christian, Muslim, and Jewish — that produced amazing heights in science, philosophy, art, music, poetry, and mysticism.

This music is a sweet reminder to us. Enjoy.

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  1. martina Nicholsonon 17 Mar 2014 at 5:45 pm

    WOW! This is fantastic! The images, too. I have been in love with the Moorish side of Spain, since I first read “Tales of the Alhambra” by Washington Irving, when I was a teenager. 2 years ago, my son and I got to walk the Camino to Santiago de Compostela, in May. It was gorgeous, sumptuous; and I thought a lot about the matrix of these 3 religious influences. In the 1200’s when they were building the cathedral of Leon– how they used the Arabic honeycomb roofs, and the Jewish faces carved as the saints and patriarchs into the choir chairs and embellishments! The image you post at 8:55 of a woman in black on a gorgeous rearing Arabian horse is marvelous, and exciting! The music is moving, and also a reminder that this WAS a crossroads, and a pilgrimage as important and multi-culturally diverse as though one were going to Jerusalem. Bravo!

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