In English the protagonist of the French song, Marlbrough s’en va-t-en guerre, is quite sensibly transcribed as Marlbrook, but the Spanish Mambrú se fue a la guerra seems pretty unfair to me. Discovered via the 1945 zarzuela of that name by Vila, Romero and Fernández Shaw, which probably doesn’t owe anything to the Delibes-Bizet-Jonas-Legouix collaboration in 1867, the latter having disappeared.
One of the omissions from the materials I’ve read so far has been discussion of the relationship between zarzuela and left-ish/republican-ish politics. Pío Baroja wrote the libretto for one, Adiós a la bohemia, for which his friend, Pablo Sorozábal, provided the music (it’s not on RTVE, but Sorozábal is), and I believe the important zarzuela composer Ruperto Chapí was a socialist, with perhaps similar views to his fellow-Valencian, Vicente Blasco Ibáñez. Any more?
In regional terms, I read somewhere that the target audience of Madrid zarzuela was more popular than in Barcelona, which I guess also might be due to slower adoption of the cheaper, chico genre in the latter city–my impression from Christopher Webber’s list of works is that Barcelona only came to compete with Madrid in terms of zarzuela in the 20th century, so maybe Barcelona was simply conservative in these terms at least. The current situation–as a result of nationalist paranoia–is that zarzuela is starved in Barcelona (where theatre generally deals with themes of interest to few, and audiences are correspondingly small) while funds were found for Albert Boadella’s excellent Amadeu in Madrid.
I guess more reading is required, unless one of you happens to be an expert.
- Education: music and words for early years, primary, secondary (inc. GCSE/A-level) and tertiary (FE and HE)
Some school work I’ve done with the organ Interactive concerts in nurseries Here’s a Barcelona visit: 45-minute concerts for large primary school audiences In Spanish,
- Catalan corruption
“The degree of corruption of most administrations is more or less equivalent in different times and circumstances…”
- Wanted: 150-year-old palmist
I think I can show that the term guiri is traceable to Semitic roots, and I will do at some stage,
Although he’s probably better known for his trip from Istanbul to China via the old Silk Road, Gabriel Pernau is the
- Get another of Paul de Kock’s
Ulysses: “I suppose the people gave him that nickname going about with his tube from one woman to another.” Junius Henri