History of the Tirana Dance

The Tirana is an Andalusian dance of a very graceful description, danced to an extremely rhythmical air in 6/8 time.

The words which accompany the music are written in ‘coplas’ or stanzas of four lines, without any ‘estrevillo.’

There are several of them in Preciso’s ‘Colleccion de Coplas,’ and in Paz’s ‘Collection d’airs espagnols.’ c. 1816.

Tiranas are generally danced and sung to a guitar accompaniment. The music of one (‘Si la mar fuera de tinta’) will be found in ‘Arias y Canciones Nacionales Espanoles’ (London, Lonsdale, 1871).