Leblebidji Horhor II

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The song comes from the operetta "Leblebidji Horhor Agha" (Horhor Agha, the roasted chick peas seller). It was set to music by the Armenian composer Tigran or Dikran Tchoukhajian (Constantinople [Istanbul] 1837 - Smyrna [Izmir] March 11, 1898) and written by Takvor Takalian. It premiered at the Francais Theater in Constantinople (Istanbul) in November 1875. In 1883, the "Armeniki Theatriki Omada tis Tourkikis Operetas" ("Armenian Theatrical Group of the Turkish Operetta"), under the guidance of actor and director Serop Benglian, presented at the Faliro Theater the operetta along with other works by the same composer.

"Leblebidji Horhor Agha" was a great success, was translated into Greek and was staged countless times. His influence on the development of vaudeville and Greek operetta was catalytic, and his melodies and songs also influenced composers of rebetiko. As noted by Giorgos Leotsakos (see"
Armenia: Odoiporiko Diptycho. II: aparaititos mousiko!"), it constituted "an integral part of modern Greek musical history".

What Georgia Kondyli (see 
2014) mentions is also of particular interest: "Apart from its theatrical activity, the Papaioannou troupe also showed achievements in cinema: it is reported that in 1911, at the 'Pathé' movie theater in Smyrna (Izmir), the operetta Horhor Agha was adapted as a movie in which the actors of the troupe lent their voices to the various characters (Amaltheia 1911d). Solomonidis (1954, 197) confirms that the troupe was offered by the company Pathé to adapt Greek and Turkish plays into movies. Thus, the first play that was selected was Horhor Agha. The filming took place somewhere near Buca."

Author (Composer):
Lyrics by:
Instrumental
Singer(s):
Instrumental
Orchestra-Performers:
Orfeon Orchestra
Recording date:
1911 (?)
Recording location:
Constantinople (Istanbul)
Publisher:
Orfeon
Catalogue number:
No-10425
Matrix number:
618
Duration:
3:38
Item location:
Kounadis Archive Record Library
Physical description:
10 in. (25 cm)
Source:
Kounadis Archive
ID:
Orfeon_10425_LeblebidjiHorhor_II
Licensing:
cc
Reference link:
Kounadis Archive, "Leblebidji Horhor II", 2019, https://vmrebetiko.gr/en/item-en?id=5195

The song comes from the operetta "Leblebidji Horhor Agha" (Horhor Agha, the roasted chick peas seller). It was set to music by the Armenian composer Tigran or Dikran Tchoukhajian (Constantinople [Istanbul] 1837 - Smyrna [Izmir] March 11, 1898) and written by Takvor Takalian. It premiered at the Francais Theater in Constantinople (Istanbul) in November 1875. In 1883, the "Armeniki Theatriki Omada tis Tourkikis Operetas" ("Armenian Theatrical Group of the Turkish Operetta"), under the guidance of actor and director Serop Benglian, presented at the Faliro Theater the operetta along with other works by the same composer.

"Leblebidji Horhor Agha" was a great success, was translated into Greek and was staged countless times. His influence on the development of vaudeville and Greek operetta was catalytic, and his melodies and songs also influenced composers of rebetiko. As noted by Giorgos Leotsakos (see"
Armenia: Odoiporiko Diptycho. II: aparaititos mousiko!"), it constituted "an integral part of modern Greek musical history".

What Georgia Kondyli (see 
2014) mentions is also of particular interest: "Apart from its theatrical activity, the Papaioannou troupe also showed achievements in cinema: it is reported that in 1911, at the 'Pathé' movie theater in Smyrna (Izmir), the operetta Horhor Agha was adapted as a movie in which the actors of the troupe lent their voices to the various characters (Amaltheia 1911d). Solomonidis (1954, 197) confirms that the troupe was offered by the company Pathé to adapt Greek and Turkish plays into movies. Thus, the first play that was selected was Horhor Agha. The filming took place somewhere near Buca."

Author (Composer):
Lyrics by:
Instrumental
Singer(s):
Instrumental
Orchestra-Performers:
Orfeon Orchestra
Recording date:
1911 (?)
Recording location:
Constantinople (Istanbul)
Publisher:
Orfeon
Catalogue number:
No-10425
Matrix number:
618
Duration:
3:38
Item location:
Kounadis Archive Record Library
Physical description:
10 in. (25 cm)
Source:
Kounadis Archive
ID:
Orfeon_10425_LeblebidjiHorhor_II
Licensing:
cc
Reference link:
Kounadis Archive, "Leblebidji Horhor II", 2019, https://vmrebetiko.gr/en/item-en?id=5195

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