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1880 Paco de Lucena (1859-1898) Flamenco Guitar Concert in Paris

Francisco Diaz, el de Lucena, Juan Breva

by: Randy Osborne - Published 10/19/2022 9:29 PM and updated 08/04/2023 3:51 PM

In the daily "La Democracia" (Madrid. 1879), October 8, 1879, on page 3 a full list of pieces played in Madrid at "La Bolsa" theater. Two years later flamenco would be made immortal on recordings published as cylinders. Cantantes (singers) had been paid since 1842 in Sevilla. Today, in well over 150 countries Flamenco Guitar is played.

This series of performances was publicized in at least 4 other newspapers:

"La Iberia" (Madrid. 1868), 30/9/1879, página 3

"La Discusión" (Madrid. 1856), 3/10/1879, n.º 95, página 3

"La Época" (Madrid. 1849), 3/10/1879, n.º 9.796, página 3

"El Globo" (Madrid. 1875), 4/10/1879, n.º 1.449, página 4

 

Added October 23, 2023 In the daily "El Mundo político" January 17, 1880 page 3 published in Madrid.

"Last night the first performance of the Spanish company took place, which we have talked about in another correspondence. A large part of the press representatives attended. The theater was full and the society was very chosen. We are pleased to say that the scenes of Spanish customs were very popular and applauded by those present. It could not be otherwise, because in truth Calzadilla has managed to find in this group of artists people of great merit and worth, each one in his class. Guitarist Paco de Lucena was highly applauded. The second scene of a party in a Cuban sugar mill earned a complete ovation from the public for the Spanish artists.

This first test makes us believe that our

compatriots will achieve the objective they propose and

that the Spanish scenes that Mr. Calzadilla offers in the Atheneum theater will be seen by all of Paris. So be it."


Many years later, in the daily "La Correspondencia de España" (Madrid) on Friday October 26, 1894, n.º 13.352. page 3 is the mention of a Flamenco Concert to be held on Wednesday October 31, 1894 at the Liceo Rius of Paco de Lucena and the cantador Tomas, el Papelista.

The next year in the "El Heraldo de Madrid" (Madrid) on March 2, 1895, page 3, is the report of Paco de Lucena's great success in Paris at the Sala Erard theater. Miguel Llobet played this same theater on January 14, 1911.

Years before the Spanish language gem above, today, October 14, 2022, I found, a listing in Paris from 1880. At the Theatre Taitbout on March, 11, 1880, a program entitled "A Sunday in Malaga" and reported on March, 26, 1880 in the Arts magazine "Paris-spectacles : programme quotidien des théâtres, concerts, cirques, skatings." The listings in this Arts magazine of Paco de Lucena's performances date from March, 13, 1880 to April 24, 1880.

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