Gloria al Niño Ricardo

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Gloria al Niño Ricardo is a flamenco guitar composition composed by Paco de Lucía which features on his 1987 album Siroco.[1] The piece is dedicated to Niño Ricardo who was de Lucia's "first hero" of the guitar.[2][3] The piece is a soleá and is known for its technically demanding passages. It is played in the key of C major, but a significant part of the composition features the phrygian E and a E 7 flat 9 chord and it features elaborate tremolo picking at the beginning.[1][4] However, when performing it live, Lucia often played it in the key of D flat major with a capo on the first fret.


  1. ^ a b Banzi, Julia Lynn (2007). Flamenco Guitar Innovation and the Circumscription of Tradition. ProQuest. p. 250. ISBN 978-0-549-28155-9. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Custodio, Diana Pérez (November 2005). Paco de Lucía: La evolución del flamenco a través de sus rumbas. Servicio Publicaciones UCA. p. 84. ISBN 978-84-96274-75-4. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Woodall, James (11 May 1992). In search of the firedance: Spain through flamenco. Sinclair-Stevenson. p. 317. ISBN 978-1-85619-116-6. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Anastassakis, Ioannis (22 February 2008). Art of Tremolo. Mel Bay Publications. p. 123. ISBN 978-0-7866-0770-9. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 

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