Have you ever heard of castañuelas, or castanets? They are a quintessentially Spanish instrument that usually accompanies sevillanas, bolero, jota and other traditional music.
Consisting of two pairs of concave wooden shells attached by a string, they owe their name to the fact that they've traditionally been made of chestnut (castaño) wood.
Today I bring you an example of a castanets virtuoso. Her name is Lucero Tena. Born in Mexico in 1938, she is a former flamenco dancer turned into castanets soloist. The passion and mastery she shows in her performances are truly remarkable.
The score you're about to listen to is from "La Boda de Luis Alonso", a zarzuela by Gerónimo Giménez (and a piece I absolutely love!). This concert took place at the National Auditorium of Music in Madrid (Spain) in 2007.
Put your headphones on, and enjoy!