Improvised Poetry & Song in the Basque Country

IMPROVISED POETRY & SONG IN THE BASQUE COUNTRY

History and development

Competitions and championships
Masters of improvisation
Becoming a bertsulari
Basque Country Improvisation Championship 2009

Partners :

Aquitaine BNSA
EJGV

A question of rhythm

Bertsularis mainly use five forms of rhythm in their improvisations. "Zortziko handia" and "Zortziko txikia".

Maialen Lujanbio (phot. XDZ)

There are other less "classical" forms of rhythm. They are not very common.

"Zortziko handia" and "Zortziko txikia"

"Hamarreko handia" and "Hamarreko txikia"

The so-called nine point verse

 


 

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The guides

You will be accompanied throughout this site by improvisers. During your visit: click on their photos to discover what they have to say.