Showcasing Spain at the Opéra Comique: The Homage to Falla (1928)

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

Showcasing Spain at the Opéra Comique: The Homage to Falla (1928)

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This chapter analyses critical reactions to the homage that the Opéra Comique paid to Falla in 1928, with performances of La vie brève, El amor brujo and El retablo de Maese Pedro. On that occasion, some critics were dazzled and confused by the variety of Spains presented. In the need to make coherence of such a disparity, they moulded their descriptions of Falla's career in an evolutionary narrative which described an evolution towards a more mature and more “Spanish” styles. When it came to reviewing Falla's most recent work, namely, El retablo de Maese Pedro, critics conflicted with the absence of the signs that they associated with “Spanish music,” especially folklore and flamenco. In the need to rethink their notions of “Spanish music,” critics took opportunity to re-negotiate and redraw the line demarcating notions of French and Spanish musical identities.

Keywords: Manuel de Falla; Spanish music; nationalism; France; modernism; neoclassicism; verismo; Don Quijote

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Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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