Spanish music

The music of Spain has a long history and has played an important part in the development of western music and has been a particularly strong influence upon Latin American music. Outside of Spain, the country is often associated with traditional styles such as flamenco and classical guitar but Spanish music is in fact diverse, reflecting the large differences in traditional music and dance across its regions. For example, flamenco is a style of the south of the country, whereas the music in the north-western regions are centered on bagpipes. Spain played a notable role in the history of western classical music, particularly from the 15th to the 17th centuries; from composers like Tomás Luis de Victoria, the zarzuela of Spanish opera, the ballet of Manuel de Falla, to the classical guitar music of Pepe Romero. Nowadays commercial popular music dominates.