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 May 5, 1846 (Madrid), Died January 1, 1908 (Madrid)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1900 - 1932

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

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Recordings (Results 76-86 of 86 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone 5267o 10-in. approximately 1905 Malagueñas Rosario Soler Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Gramophone 6359o 10-in. 1907 Alegría de la huerta : Canción gitana Sra. Silva [Spanish vocalist of early 1900s] Soprano vocal solo composer  
Gramophone 6382o 10-in. 1907 La gran vía : Schottisch Claro Moreno ; Inocencio Navarro ; Sra. Silva [Spanish vocalist of early 1900s] Vocal trio (soprano and 2 baritones) composer  
Gramophone 6417o 10-in. 1907 Agua, azucarillos y aguardiente : Dúo Sra. Silva [Spanish vocalist of early 1900s] ; Rosario Soler Female vocal duet composer  
Gramophone 6594o 10-in. 1907 Cádiz marche Orchestre Bosc du Bal Tabarin Orchestra composer  
Gramophone 6771o 10-in. June 1907 Zapateado Felisa Lázaro Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Gramophone 7023F t 7-in. 1902 El bateo Sr. Alba ; Marina Gurina Vocal duet (soprano and tenor) composer  
Gramophone 7053u 10-in. 1902 Las Zapatillas Marino Aineto Male vocal solo composer  
Gramophone 7126F t 10-in. 1902 El bateo Gordillo [1902 Gramophone Co. Barcelona bass] Male vocal solo composer  
Gramophone 13191b 10-in. 5/4/1909 Aria della serva Josephina Huguet Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WK2314 10-in. approximately 1930 El año pasado por agua Manuel Ramos Barrel organ solo composer  
(Results 76-86 of 86 records)


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Chueca, Federico," accessed February 7, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102407.

Chueca, Federico. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 7, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102407.

"Chueca, Federico." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 7 February 2023.

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