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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 February 19th, 1894 (Madrid)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1906 - 1930

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

Recordings

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  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Barbieri, Francisco Asenjo," accessed November 27, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103825.

Barbieri, Francisco Asenjo. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 27, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103825.

"Barbieri, Francisco Asenjo." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 27 November 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103825

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