The Hispanic Orthography Files, continued

Plus a zarzuela/politics RFI.

Trebots @ Saturday April 9th 2011 20:16

Wikimedia." />

Teatro Apolo in Barcelona, ca 1910, advertising the zarzuela Bohemios by Amadeu Vives. CC from Wikimedia. More pics.

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.

If you're interested in zarzuela, then I'd recommend for starters the Catalan Wikipedia entry, Christopher Webber's site, and the generous selection of audio over at RTVE.

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.

  • Barcelona (896)
  • Battle of Malplaquet (1) The Battle of Malplaquet, fought on 11 September 1709, was one of the main battles of the War of the Spanish Succession, which opposed the Bourbons of France and Spain against an alliance whose major members were the Habsburg Monarchy, Great Britain, the United Provinces and the Kingdom of Prussia.
  • Duke of Marlborough (1) John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, Prince of Mindelheim, Prince of Mellenburg, KG, PC, was an English soldier and statesman whose career spanned the reigns of five monarchs. Rising from a lowly page at the court of the House of Stuart, he served James, Duke of York, through the 1670s and early 1680s, earning military and political advancement through his courage and diplomatic skill. Churchill's role in defeating the Monmouth Rebellion in 1685 helped secure James on the throne, yet just three years later he abandoned his Catholic patron for the Protestant Dutchman, William of Orange. Honoured for his services at William's coronation with the earldom of Marlborough, he served with further distinction in the early years of the Nine Years' War, but persistent charges of Jacobitism brought about his fall from office and temporary imprisonment in the Tower. It was not until the accession of Queen Anne in 1702 that Marlborough reached the zenith of his powers and secured his fame and fortune.
  • English language (215)
  • French language (19) French is a Romance language spoken as a first language in France, the Romandy region in Switzerland, Wallonia and Brussels in Belgium, Monaco, the provinces of Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick in Canada also in Haiti, the Acadiana region of the U.S. state of Louisiana, the northern parts of the U.S. states of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont in the New England region, and by various communities elsewhere. Other speakers of French, who often speak it as a second language, are distributed throughout many parts of the world, the largest numbers of whom reside in Francophone Africa. In Africa, French is most commonly spoken in Gabon,Mauritius, Algeria, Senegal and Côte d'Ivoire. French is estimated as having 110 million native speakers and 190 million more second language speakers.
  • Madrid (153)
  • Marlbrough s'en va-t-en guerre (1) Marlbrough s'en va-t-en guerre is one of the most popular folk songs in French. The burlesque lament on the death of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough was written on a false rumour of that event after the Battle of Malplaquet in 1709. It tells how Marlborough's wife, awaiting his return from battle, is given the news of her husband's death.
  • Operetta (1)
  • Orthography (3)
  • Pío Baroja (18) Pío Baroja y Nessi was a Spanish writer, one of the key novelists of the Generation of '98. He was a member of an illustrious family, his brother Ricardo was a painter, writer and engraver, and his nephew Julio Caro Baroja, son of his younger sister Carmen, was a well known anthropologist.
  • Picar (1)
  • Republicanism (2)
  • Socialism (8)
  • Spanish language (258)
  • Valencia (15)
  • Vicente Blasco Ibáñez (11) Vicente Blasco Ibáñez was a journalist, politician and best-selling Spanish novelist in various genres whose most widespread and lasting fame in the English-speaking world is from Hollywood films adapted from his works.
  • Zarzuela (1)
Categories: Liberals & locals, Music, Poets, Theatre, War

RSS: post comments / blog comments / blog posts / email / Twitter

You can leave a response or trackback from your site.

  1. A Nun
    April 17th 2011 20:30

    Martín Sánchez Seres míticos says that Burguete Herrero says in some obscure periodical that it is actually a Cathar marching song ridiculing the bishop of Lodeve, who later became the count of Montbrún, and that the French adopted it. So he's mad.

  2. Trebots
    April 17th 2011 20:42

    That would be the Cathars who landed in a spaceship.

  3. boynamedsue
    April 25th 2011 01:17

    Hey mambrú, mambrú italianu
    Hey mambrú, mambrú italianu

    Hey cathar, I love-a how you dance rumba (catalana)...

  4. Trebots
    April 25th 2011 09:26

    I quite liked this:

 
Música en vivo para fiestas infantiles y geriatricas en Barcelona

Canciones, bailes, juegos y cuentos por cantante y pianista en inglés y castellano. (También organillo de calle.) Modus operandi: sublime y ridiculisimo. Repertorio: Cri-Cri, Ivor Cutler, extravagancias latinoamericanas de los 40, anuncios africanos de los 50, Tom Lehrer, Kurt Schwitters, bordados avanzados, etc. Contacto aquí.

Original scores and arrangements

Check out the musical services I provide over at Oreneta.com, as well as my barrel organ project.

Pordiosería

If you're feeling generous, check out my Amazon wishlists for Deutschland, France , and the UK, or use PayPal to

Picture-posts

Back to top