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Agua, azucarillos y aguardiente

  • «Agua, azucarillos y aguardiente» © EFE

    «Agua, azucarillos y aguardiente» © EFE






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Agua, azucarillos y aguardiente

One of the key works of the genre known as the género chico. A fresh and high-spirited piece set against a popular backdrop of traditional Madrid.

The composer Federico Chueca first staged this work in the Teatro Apolo Theatre in Madrid on June 3, 1897, with an original text by Miguel Ramos Carrión. Together with the zarzuelas 'La verbena de la Paloma' and 'La Revoltosa', it forms part of the trilogy of what is known as 'madrileñismo', featuring genuine Madrid customs and settings.
A whole series of typical characters from the Madrid of one century ago (salesgirls, nursemaids, the traditional local boys known as chulapones, etc.) appear throughout the work, forming a kind of showcase of the traditional customs and stereotypes to be found in Spain's capital at the time.
The simplicity and freshness of the composition –barely a prelude and a few numbers– of this 'one-act summer promenade' was received with great public acclaim, largely thanks to such memorable musical numbers as 'Coro de niñeras' and 'Coro de barquilleros'.


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