Dissonances of Modernity

Music, Text, and Performance in Modern Spain

Edited by Irene Gómez-Castellano, Aurélie Vialette

320 pp., 6 x 9, 9 images, notes

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-5192-7
    Published: March 2021
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-1-4696-5193-4
    Published: March 2021
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-5876-4
    Published: March 2021

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Dissonances of Modernity illuminates the ways in which music, as an artifact, a practice, and a discourse redefines established political, social, gender, and cultural conventions in Modern Spain. Using the notion of dissonance as a point of departure, the volume builds on the insightful approaches to the study of music and society offered by previous analyses in regards to the central position they give to identity as a socially and historically constructed concept, and continues their investigation on the interdependence of music and society in the Iberian Peninsula. While other serious studies of the intersections of music and literature in Spain have focused on contemporary usage, Dissonances of Modernity looks back across the centuries, seeking the role of music in the very formation of identity in the peninsula. The volume’s historical horizon reaches from the nineteenth-century War of Africa to the Catalan working class revolutions and Enric Granados’ central role in Catalan identity; from Francisco Barbieri’s Madrid to the Wagnerian’s influence in Benito Pérez Galdós’ prose; and from the predicaments surrounding national anthems to the use of the figure of Carmen in Francoist’ cinema. This volume is a timely scholarly addition that contemplates not only a broad corpus that innovatively comprises popular and high culture--zarzuelas, choruses of industrial workers, opera, national anthems--but also their inter-dependence in the artists’ creativity.

About the Authors

Irene Gómez-Castellano is an Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the author of La cultura de las máscaras, a study on masculinity, identity and poetics in eighteenth-century Spain. She has published numerous articles about interdisciplinary topics related to Modern and Contemporary Spanish Culture.
For more information about Irene Gómez-Castellano, visit the Author Page.

Aurélie Vialette is an Associate Professor of Hispanic Languages and Literature at Stony Brook University. She is the author of Intellectual Philanthropy: The Seduction of the Masses, a study on the cultural production that responds to the workers’ educational and social phenomena in nineteenth-century Iberia.
For more information about Aurélie Vialette, visit the Author Page.