Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Los contextos del cuplé inicial. Canción, sicalipsis y modernidad

Javier Barreiro


To avoid the ambiguity often assigned to the term cuplé (operetta songs), its limits are defined and its background and emergence in the Spanish scene are analysed. With the birth of the bufo and chico genres, the French influence, the liberalisation of customs, the economic and social transformations and other parallel phenomena, cuplé became fashionable on the Spanish stages and gave rise to a mixed genre in which song, dance and eroticism were found side by side with the numerous innovations of the period. A period which was witness to the birth of variety shows, the one-person song, music-halls, show revues, phonography and, in short, an increasingly advanced and freer conception of show business that, once in the twentieth century, would bring about the emergence of new fuzzier, freer genres.

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