Càndida Pérez and her music hall songs

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It is 1920 and Pilar Alonso, a singer of popular songs and very famous in those days, performs one cuplé after another and scores such a success that at the end of the show she has exhausted her repertoire of pieces in Spanish. The public demands more and then Pilar begins to sing Les caramelles, a cuplé in Catalan newly composed by Càndida Pérez and already very popular in Catalonia. The audience is wildly enthusiastic and from that moment on cuplés in Catalan become all the rage and are sung in every corner of the country.

Career
By then Càndida is 27 years old and boasts a wide experience in theatre style songs. She has not only starred in shows in her native town of Olot, but has also worked in Italy under contract of an Italian vaudeville company directed by Melquiadez Lucarelli Ferri.

After this tour she returns to Catalonia, to fulfill her dream and study music and composition in Barcelona. Together with Lucarelli she founds an academy of song and dance, specialising in music hall shows in the ‘Carrer de Valldonzella, 6’. In the same premises a musical production company is established enabling Càndida to make some records.

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Conxita Badia sings Enric Granados

In this audio singer Conxita Badia is interpreting Tonadillas and Canciones Amatorias, composed by Enric Granados. Two of the latter songs were dedicated to Conxita by the composer; she sung them for the first time in 1913 in the Sala Granados (Barcelona).

Shortly I will publish a page with an illustrated biography and other posts related to this forgotten artist.

Photo (@Fons Conxita Badia, Biblioteca de Catalunya): Recording the LP “Homenaje a Granados” with pianist Alícia de Larrocha and impresario Oriol Martorell.

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