“Spanish Music” as Catholic Propaganda

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 Catholic Propaganda

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This chapter analyses the impact of Catholic propaganda on the descriptions of “Spanish music” found in the writings of French and Spanish musicologists. A “mystic” conception of Early Modern “Spanish music” put forward by Collet helped French musicologists to dismiss Italian opera of the same period as “pagan.” Thus, French musicologists could help to mirror their own concerns over the independence of a French operatic tradition from its Italian counterpart. Furthermore, they could nourish on similar sentiment on the part of Spanish musicologists and reach a common understanding. Collet used his “mystic” conception of “Spanish music” to establish a hierarchy of Spanish regions and defend a centralist state model that connected with the work of the most prominent Spanish intellectuals of the time.

Keywords: Catholicism; propaganda; Italian music; history; Spanish music; France; nationalism

Chapter.  24292 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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