Granada, 1922, Zero Year of Flamenco

Now yes: That was a prodigious event. The 1922 1922 Cante Jond Festival organized by Manuel de Falla and Federico García Lorca. The first one in its species

Granada, 1922, Zero Year of Flamenco

Now yes: That was a prodigious event. The 1922 1922 Cante Jond Festival organized by Manuel de Falla and Federico García Lorca. The first one in its species. He not only inaugurated something unpublished so far (the concept of Flemish Festival), but he pulled this music from the penumbra and made it sound at the Plaza de los Aljibes de la Alhambra de Granada. That happened on June 13 and 14. Falla, Lorca, Juan Ramón Jiménez, Adolfo Salazar, Fernando de los Ríos, Joaquín Turina, Oscar Esplá, Manuel Ángeles Ortiz, Alfonso Reyes or the bullfighter Ignacio Sánchez Mejías, among others, gave impetus to this adventure, that the town hall of Granada financed With 12,000 pesetas.

Granada approached numerous flamingos. The Advisory Committee formed two masters of Cante: Antonio Chacón and Manuel Torre. The scenery signed her painter Ignacio Zuloaga. And in a few months of preparations and two of celebration, the Festival de Cante Jond became the best Bengal in the history of this music. The year earlier, Lorca had published Poema del Cante Jondo and said: "The true poems of singing jond are not anyone, they are floating in the wind as Vilanos de Oro [...]. All the poems of the singing jondo are from a Magnificent pantheism, consult the air, the earth, to the sea, to the moon, to things as simple as the rosemary, the violet, the bird ... ". He was not a great knowledge of this music, but he had embraced the lessons of failure and had shown great sagacity to interpret some of the keys to Andalusian folklore.

That 1922 was the year 0 of Flamenco. This music acquired a different echo since then. The poets, the artists, some politicians, the intellectuals, what was not only the people already joined the cramp. And those two days of June, the Alhambra summoned several thousand people between fascination and devotion. The inaugural conference tried to dictate Ramón Gómez de la Serna, who had to desist from reading the folios because every time he opened his mouth, the public was opening an ovation, promoting a Ramonian stir.

The contest was won by Diego Bermúdez Cala, the pincers, a Morón singer who made the road on foot from Genil Bridge to the Alhambra. Three days with the nights of him say it took. The second prize was for a 13-year-old boy who called the Child Snail. Time would give reason to flamenco. Manuel Ortega Juarez (this was his name) was Manolo Caracol for the world. One of the wiser and most powerful singers of the Flemish Voices of the 20th century. The award was 1,000 pesetas and a diploma.

García Lorca presented the project in February 22 in Granada. And he already said this: "To all who through his life have been excited with the distant coupling that comes along the way, to all who the white pigeon of love has chopped into his mature heart, all lovers of the Tradition angry with the future, to which he studies in the book as to which Ara the Earth, respectfully begins that do not let the appreciable live jewels of race, the immense millennial treasure that covers the spiritual surface of Andalusia and that meditate under the Night of Granada The patriotic transcendence of the project that some Spanish artists present "·.

At the festival also recorded the performances of the little girl's girl, Tomás Pavón and José Cepero. It was the beginning of a different relationship from flamenco with people. One hundred years later, in 2022, Granada will turn over with the celebration. It will be more than a tribute: the confirmation of a long memory.

Updated Date: 06 January 2022, 09:34

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