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November 01, 2012

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Another passage I love from Lorca's essay is this one in which he describes how once the great Andalusian singer, Pastora Pavón, La Niña de los Peines, appeared before a particularly discriminating audience for whom “ability, technique, and skill” were not enough. They sought the “something else.” They “demanded the marrow of the forms, pure music.” And so she had “to tear her voice”; she “had to rob herself of skill and security, send away her muse and become helpless, that her duende might come.” And when she did, her voice “was a jet of blood worthy of her pain and her sincerity, and it opened like a ten-fingered hand around the nailed but stormy feet of Christ” "

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