“Cuando vengas a Madrid, chulapa mía”

There is nothing more typical of Madrid than the “Agua, azucarillos y aguardiente”, La Casta y la Susana, Don Hilarión and “ay Felipe de mi vida” sung by Mari Pepa. The Schottis danced on a brick, the barrel organ, the wafer sellers… all of them traditional scenes of 19th-century Madrid, which, at present, are still part of everyday life in some areas of Madrid.

Also from times past are the violet sellers, the “tuberoses resting on one’s hips” mentioned in the lyrics of a popular song, Olga Ramos, Celia Gámez, cuplé music and variety shows… Madrid is forever linked to its musical genres, all so reluctant to leave the city in which they were born.