The history of Flamenco

History of Flamenco 5

At the end of the 19th century, people start the recordings of flamenco. First with wax cylinders – some of them have been preserved until today, and have been recovered and copied. These will help us to know the cantes of the moment with the quality that the existing techniques could obtain – Antonio Chacón commented about this to Galerín: In the year 1899, I recorded 11.700 cylinders for the phonograph for a company from Valencia. Borrul played the guitar.

I got paid 32.000 duros for it. I had to pay the guitarist [...] before I did it in Sevilla, with an English man, who later turned out to be an "American spy". For him, about 500 cylinders, for 2 duros each. Later in Madrid, I recorded for the English man "in question" 1000 cylinders, for 5 duros each.

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