“Spanish Music” as Allied Propaganda: Henri Collet

Samuel Llano

in Whose Spain?

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199858460
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979905 | DOI:

Series: Currents in Latin American and Iberian Music

“Spanish Music” as Allied Propaganda: Henri Collet

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This chapter discusses the role that several French critics, most especially Henri Collet, ascribed to Spanish music in the context of the anti-German sentiment that prevailed in France before, during and after the First World War. The writings of Collet, the Hispanists and other music critics reveal a tension between the need to conceptualise “Spanish music” as an “allied” national style, and the use of tropes of exoticism and marginalisation aimed at establishing a hierarchy and reinforcing notions of French cultural hegemony. This chapter situates descriptions of “Spanish music” as an allied, anti-German artefact in the context of broader currents in anti-Teutonic thinking, most especially the thinking of Charles Maurras. It analyses the meanings ascribed to the trope of the “Latin race” and how “Spanish music” fit into that category.

Keywords: criticism; politics; Latin; First World War; Henri Collet; Spanish music; France; nationalism

Chapter.  23355 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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