Serranas are believed to have originated in the 19th century in the area of Ronda (Malaga), and are based on a folk song whose story-type verses tell of life in the mountains among bandits and smugglers.
Serranas are a form of songs and dances which have the same rhythm as “seguiriya”. Although they have a different mood and texture, some of the same variations may be transposed.
Serranas are like Seguiriyas, except in a different key and slower. The Seguiriyas lyrics which deal with death and pain are considered Flamenco’s most profound form. Serranas generally express less violent emotions and the name means “from the Sierra”, but it was also a slang word for a gypsy girl.
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