Negotiating exoticism, nationalism & modernity: constructions of Hispanic music in Belle-Epoque Paris

Grant number: DP0345807

Abstract

Hispanic music and its evocation in French espagnolades fascinated nineteenth-century Paris. Between 1900 and 1914 this culminated in a proliferation of 'Hispanic' works which were composed and performed both by French and Spanish musicians in a variety of styles, genres and venues. This project explores the dissemination and assimilation of Hispanic music in Paris. It also examines the phenomenon in the context of Franco-Spanish cultural and political ties, and in relation to prevailing artistic and literary topoi of Spain. This complex and dynamic creative interaction played a significant role in the construction of Parisian exoticism, modernism and Spanish national identity.