Francisco Asenjo Barbieri
Francisco Asenjo Barbieri (3 August 1823 – 19 February 1894) was a well-known composer of the popular Spanish opera form, zarzuela. His works include: El barberillo de Lavapiés, Jugar con fuego, Pan y toros, Don Quijote, Los diamantes de la corona, and El Diablo en el poder.
He was born and died in Madrid, appropriately, since the themes are characters of his operas are often distinctly Spanish and Madrilenian. Among the characters featured by Barbieri are bullfighters, manolos and manolas, and even (in Pan y toros) the famous Spanish painter, Francisco Goya.
The character of much of Barbieri’s work is farcical, utilizing mistaken identity and other devices to entertain the audience. His themes deal largely with the ins and outs of love, and the relations between the upper and lower classes in nineteenth-century Spain, but there is also a distinct political character to much of his work. The zarzuelas El barberillo de Lavapiés and Pan y toros both contain plots to overthrow the government.
In addition to his compositions, Barbieri was also an accomplished musician. He was the founder of La España Musical (a society for the promotion of Spanish operetta) and the Society for Orchestral Music.
Birth and Death Data: Born August 3rd, 1823 (Madrid), Died Madrid
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1906 - 1930
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||C-3738||12-in.||8/22/1906||El diablo en el poder||Señor Rivero [i.e., Carlos Cáceres]||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||C-3755||12-in.||8/27/1906||Yo te amaba||Carlos Cáceres||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||B-8181||10-in.||8/30/1909||Lo que está de Dios||Emilia Vergeri||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-9558||12-in.||10/12/1910||Lo que está de Dios||Marcella Sembrich||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-40194||10-in.||10/19/1927||Sueños de oro||Margarita Cueto||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||CVE-62307||12-in.||5/22/1930||Romanza de tiple (No. XI)||Margarita Cueto||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||R-104||10-in.||10/28/1908||Romanza de León||Luis A. Gil||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||O-171||10-in.||July 1907||Jugar con fuego||Rafael Gil||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||O-554||10-in.||11/19/1910||Jugar con fuego||Adelina Vehi||Female vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||55988||10-in.||Apr. 1911||Un tiempo fué||Carlota Millanes||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Edison||6269||10-in.||July 1918||Jugar con fuego||Emilia Vergeri||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Gramophone||33ab||10-in.||10/14/1908||Romanza||Emilio Sagi-Barba||Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Gramophone||330y||10-in.||2/5/1909||Pan y toros||Banda del Real Cuerpo de Guardias Alabarderos de Madrid||Band||composer|
|Gramophone||396y||10-in.||2/15/1909||Entre mi mujer y el negro||Emilio Sagi-Barba||Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Gramophone||514y||10-in.||3/20/1909||Coro de locos||Emilio Sagi-Barba||Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra and vocal chorus||composer|
|Gramophone||03028v||12-in.||8/21/1914||Entre mi mujer y el negro||Inocencio Navarro||Baritone vocal solo||composer|
|Gramophone||9322u||10-in.||1906||Jugar con fuego||Rafael Bézares||Male vocal solo||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Barbieri, Francisco Asenjo," accessed October 31, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103825.
Barbieri, Francisco Asenjo. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 31, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103825.
"Barbieri, Francisco Asenjo." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 31 October 2020.
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