Whose Spain?: Negotiating Spanish Music in Paris, 1908-1929

ISBN : 9780199858460

Samuel Llano
312 ページ
168 x 240 mm
Currents in Latin American & Iberian Music

From the very beginning of the nineteenth century, many elements of Spanish culture carried an air of 'exoticism' for the French-and nothing played more important of a role in shaping the French idea of Spain than the country's musical tradition. However, as Samuel Llano argues in Whose Spain?, perceptions and representations of Spanish musical identities changed in the early twentieth century, due to the emergence of the hispanistes. These specialists on Spanish music and culture, who wrote encyclopedic and 'scientific' articles on 'Spanish music,' strived to endow the world of Spanish music with a sense of authority and knowledge. Yet, the writings of those hispanistes and other music critics showed a highly sensationalist attitude, aimed at describing 'Spanish music' in a way that was instrumental to the interests of French musicians. At the same time, the Spanish fought to articulate their own identities through the creation and performance of new musical works. In this book, Llano analyzes the socio-political discourses underpinning critical and musicological descriptions of 'Spanish music' and the discourse's connection with French politics and culture. He also studies operas and other musical works for the stage as privileged sites for the production of Spanish musical identities, given the enhanced possibilities of performance for cultural and critical engagement. The study covers the period 1908 to 1929, when representations of 'Spanish music' in the writings of the hispaniste Henri Collet and other French musicians underwent several transformations, mostly sparked by the need to reformulate French identity during and after the First World War. Ultimately, Llano demonstrates that definitions of 'French' and 'Spanish' music were to some extent interdependent, and that the public performances of these pieces even helped the musical community in France to begein to reformulate their notions of 'Spanish music' and identity.


Table of Contents
Part I: "Spanish music" as propaganda
Chapter 1: "Spanish music" as allied propaganda
Chapter 2: "Spanish music" as Catholic propaganda
Part II: Negotiating French and Spanish music
Chapter 3: Citizens or Savages?: The Spaniards in Raoul Laparra's La jota (1911)
Chapter 4: Manuel de Falla's La vie breve (1914) and notions of "Spanish music"
Part III: Building the Postwar order
Chapter 5: Domesticating Difference?: Carmen and the "French" canon in the 1920s
Chapter 6: Showcasing Spain at the Opera Comique: The homage to Falla (1928)


Samuel Llano is a cultural historian specialised in Spanish music and theatre of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He has published on the presence of Spanish music and culture in Paris in the early twentieth century. His current research deals with representations of wrongdoing on the Spanish stage and how they intersect with notions of gender, race, and class.