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Escenas de Chamberí

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Category

Zarzuela

Date

1850

Original title

Escenas de Chamberí

This collective work in itself constitutes, beyond its own inherent musical value, one of the founding works of the Spanish zarzuela.

The zarzuela as a typically Spanish musical genre, as distinct from the Italian or French opera and with aspirations to becoming a 'national opera', was born in the mid 19th century under the auspices of a group of composers and librettists.
These included particularly the authors of that genuine zarzuela –with a libretto by Luis de Olona–, who a few years earlier had gathered to write and compose works for the theatre aimed at a wider public. They staged various famous works in the Teatro Variedades theatre, with its dance company, including this 'comical-lyrical-danceable caprice' comprising seven episodes or scenes from Madrid, each with an independent plotline.
Hernando wrote the fourth and fifth, a gallegada and polka respectively. Barbieri wrote the second (the burlesque song 'Canto del cesante') and the sixth (a trio with a chorus). Oudrid composed the first (a chorus and seguidillas) and the third (a caña), and finally Gaztambide composed the seventh and last, a grand dance with chorus.
 

  

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