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Federico Chueca

Federico Chueca (5 May 1846 – 20 June 1908) was a Spanish composer of zarzuelas and author of La gran vía along with Joaquín Valverde Durán in 1886. Chueca was one of the most prominent figures of the género chico.

Born in Madrid, Chueca entered the conservatory at eight years old, but his family later obligated him to abandon music to study medicine. He was arrested in 1866 as a participant in the student demonstrations against the Narváez government. While he spent three days in the prison of San Francisco in Madrid, he composed several waltzes that he entitled Lamentos de un preso ("Lamentations of a Prisoner"). Later, Francisco Asenjo Barbieri helped orchestrate and direct the works, and their success helped Chueca leave medicine and devote himself once more to music.

He worked as a pianist and directed the orchestra of the Teatro Variedades. He is considered a self-taught musician. In fact, he was more schooled in the sciences than in music, however Chueca had an intuitive talent and grace with melody and rhythm that produced many works. He worked with several collaborators like Barbieri, Tomás Bretón, and especially Valverde, in many of his works.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 1st, 1846 (Madrid), Died January 1st, 1908 (Madrid)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1900 - 1932

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 78 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Berliner 0981 7-in. Before June 1900 Caballero de gracia E. Francisco [i.e., Emilio de Gorgorza] Baritone vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]418 7-in. 10/16/1900 Caballero de gracia Sig. Carlos Francisco Baritone vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]732 7-in. 4/12/1901 Tango de los negritos Sig. Carlos Francisco Baritone vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]732 10-in. 4/12/1901 Tango de los negritos Sig. Carlos Francisco Baritone vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1653 7-in. 10/2/1902 Canción del ciego Antonio Vargas Baritone vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1653 10-in. 10/2/1902 Cancion del ciego Antonio Vargas Baritone vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3268 10-in. 4/12/1901 El tango de los negritos Sig. Carlos Francisco Baritone vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3393 10-in. 5/24/1901 Caballero de gracia Sig. Carlos Francisco Baritone vocal solo composer  
Victor B-977 10-in. 1/26/1904 Tango de los negritos Sig. Carlos Francisco Baritone vocal solo composer  
Victor A-1433 7-in. 6/7/1904 Caballero de gracia Sig. Carlos Francisco Baritone vocal solo composer  
Victor B-1735 10-in. 10/5/1904 Tango de los negritos Sig. Carlos Francisco Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-2151 10-in. 1/17/1905 Caballero de gracia Sig. Carlos Francisco Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-2694 10-in. 7/18/1905 Paso-doble Curti's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor B-3487 10-in. 6/21/1906 The swallows Victor Orchestra Orchestra, with cello obbligato composer  
Victor B-3617 10-in. 7/26/1906 Marcha de la Constitución Victor Argentine Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor B-3740 10-in. 8/22/1906 Vals caballero de gracia Carlos Cáceres Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-6952 10-in. 3/31/1909 The swallows waltz Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor C-6953 12-in. 3/31/1909 The swallows waltz Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor C-12576 12-in. 11/5/1912 La gran vía : Potpourri Vessella's Italian Band Band composer  
Victor B-12652 10-in. 11/25/1912 La alegria de la huerta José Chaqués Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-40812 10-in. 11/5/1927 La gran vía : Valzer Quintetto Serpone Instrumental quintet composer  
Victor BVE-53834 10-in. 6/13/1929 La alegría de la huerta A. Fernández Alba Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-55144 10-in. 7/19/1929 La alegria de la huerta Miguel Ruggeri Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BRC-71925 10-in. 3/9/1932 Ecos de España Orquesta Internacional Instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor 15-Z 10-in. 7/18/1905 Alegría de la huerta Rafael Gil Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
(Results 1-25 of 78 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Chueca, Federico," accessed August 1, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102407.

Chueca, Federico. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 1, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102407.

"Chueca, Federico." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 1 August 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102407

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