They Call Me the Snooty

They Call Me the Snooty (1935)

Genre: Sainete Lírico in three acts.
Text: Francisco Ramos de Castro and Anselmo Cuadrado Carreño.
Music: Francisco Alonso.
Premiere: December 4, 1935, at Teatro Ideal, Madrid.
Performers of the premiere: Maruja Vallojera, Amparo Bori, María Téllez, Mrs. Piñero, Luis Sagi-Vela, Francisco Arias, Manuel Cortés, Eladio Cuevas, Francisco Ruiz.

Synopsis: Paco, an apprentice jeweler in love with Gracia, snooty dressmaker, asks his friend Pepe el Chevalier to investigate to see if a girl is romantically interested in him. Pepe agrees, but Gracia believes that it is her who Pepe is interested in.

When Paco asks him, Pepe hesitates and does not answer. Gracia, who enters the scene by chance, presumes that Pepe has told him he loves her.

Two months have passed. Life goes on and – until something out of the ordinary happens – a practice drill, an attack by means of poisonous gases is announced. Paco manages to speak with Gracia and accuses her of being presumptuous; she answers with indifference, but before the drill the misunderstandings will be clarified and the couple will be reconciled.

Other parallel stories will also have a happy ending: Basilio and Doña Olga, Cayetano and Pepa, and Paco and Lola.

This set of interweaved stories takes place in a motley and colourful squares of Madrid neighborhoods, where the most colourful personalties are to be found. 

Maestro Alonso composed for Me llaman la presumida a score of easy and pleasant melodies. A glance through the pages of this work only serves to deepen our appreciation of the personal character of this author, a man who composed so many wonderful zarzuelas. Furthermore such a reading would give us tremendous insight into how his personality is reflected in his scores. The famous pasodoble “Una mujer madrileña”, an example of panache and casticism, the famous “Duet of baritone and tenor” at the rhythm of a mazurka, and the “Dúo de Gracia y Paco”, which is none other than the popular chotis “Si presumo es porque puedo”.

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Musical numbers:
Act I
Introducción y Escena: “no me tomes más de prima”
Escena y pasodoble: “Una mujer madrileña”
Dúo de Pepe y Gracia: “Cuando manda el corazón”
Dúo – Mazurka de Paco y Pepe: “La cosa fue”
Final del Acto primero: “Yo no es que riño”

Acts II and III
Cuadro primero
Romanza de Paco: “Madrileña graciosa”
Dúo cómico de Cayetano y Pepa – Fox-trot: “La mujer moderna”
Terceto – Habanera de Paco, Gracia y Pepe: “me llaman la presumida”
Cuadro segundo
Dúo – Chotis de Paco y Gracia: “Si presumo es porque puedo”
Cuadro Tercero
Dúo cómico de Olga y Basilio – Fox-trot de los gases: “un socio le busca”
Fin de la Obra.

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Alhambra 1972 – Angeles Gulin (Gracia, la Presumida). Pura María Martínez (Pura). Carmen Orihuela (Doña Olga). Mercedes Ronderos (Lola). Margarita Romeo (Carmen). Pedro Lavirgen (Pepe). Antonio Blancas (Paco). José Manzaneda (Cayetano). José Peromingo (Don Basilio). Aurelio Rodríguez (Señor Eugenio). Orquesta Sinfónica. Conductor: Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos.

1936. Banda odeón and Orquesta conducted by Maestro Alonso. Intérpretes: Luis Sagi-Vela, Sra. Piñero, Pedro Ritore, Sres. Rodríguez, Daina, Salvador Castelló, Eladio Cuevas, Amparo Bori y María Téllez. Recorded in Madrid in 1936.