Friday, February 3, 2012

Wait till Arthur Murray hears about this!

Although shrouded in mystery, it seems the dance; the Sarabande came from Mexico and travelled back to Spain. One thing there was no doubt about and that the Church wanted no part of this lascivious entertainment. The Inquisition was quite firm in its views about the punishment concerning the dance, flogging, being sentenced serve time as an oarsman on a galley (a sea going nation, Spain always needed galley slaves, they didn't seem to last too long) and lastly there was exile.

Nothing makes a dance more attractive then having it banned and soon most of Europe was dancing the Sarabande and composers were adding it to their music for that kick of spice and exoticism.

On the Piano this Sunday trace the "forbidden dance" from its beginnings in Mexico to Northern Europe (no Inquisition there) and finally acceptance in Spain itself. Follow the trail of footsteps this Sunday afternoon at 5 on KPAC & KTXI.

host, Randy Anderson

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