What is the Flamenco Malagueñas?

Flamenco Malagueñas are another toque libre fandango from the area of Málaga. The Malagueña began as a relatively fast metric form in 6/8 time to accompany dance, then slowed the tempo down and added more embellishments in the 19th century.

Later, guitarists like Ramón Montoya (1879-1949) began playing Malagueñas freely, while still incorporating the distinctive melodic phrases that gave rise to the form’s popularity.

With Montoya’s development, techniques such as arpeggios, scales, tremelo, falsetas, and alternative chord shapes were integrated. Malagueñas have a very familiar repeating melody that you will likely recognize as well!

Flamenco Malaguañas Examples and Links

Here are some of my favorite exemplary Malagueñas:

Paco de Lucía – Malagueña
Sabicas – Malagueña
Carlos Montoya (nephew of Ramón Montoya) – Malagueña
Pepe Romero – Malagueña