Wednesday@Noon Lecture by Olimpia García López . Orchestrating Musical Life To The Beat Of The New State: Music In Seville During The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)

Department of Music
Wednesday@Noon Lecture  

Olimpia García López, Universidad de Cádiz
Orchestrating Musical Life To The Beat Of The New State:
Music In Seville During The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)

Walter Clark, coordinator

November 7, 2018
Wednesday, 12:10 – 1:00 P.M.
Music Rehearsal Hall, ARTS 157

Despite the fact that the research carried out in recent decades has increased our knowledge of the development of music during the Spanish Civil War, local studies of specific areas are scarce. These are crucial for rebuilding and understanding what took place in Spain in a global perspective. In particular, the case of Seville proves especially relevant, as it was a city with a vast musical tradition and because, after being taken by the Nationalists on 22 July 1936, it became one of the most important capitals in their possession from the start of the conflict. It therefore represents an ideal focus for studying the propagation of thought regarding music and musical policy developed in the first years of Francoism, as well as to contrast this zone with others that were taken by the Nationalist side later on.  The main aim of this lecture is to analyze musical life in Seville during the Spanish Civil War, paying particular attention to both the institutions and to the individuals that promoted and participated in the many concerts of classical music held in the city. This paper will examine the musical initiatives organized by the two new power centers of the New State: the sole political party, the falangist FET y de las JONS, and the Roman Catholic Church, as well as the various functions carried out by music and the spaces of socialization in which it was listened to. I will also attend to the visits of national and international musicians, as well as the new leading performers, the repression, and the absences in the local musical milieu. Through the analysis of this series of elements, as well as the performance and reception of repertoires, I will discuss the processes of continuity and rupture that took place in the capital of Andalusia during the Spanish Civil War.

Olimpia García López (Cadiz, Spain) is a PhD Candidate in Contemporary History, and Research and Teaching Fellow (FPU-Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of Spain), writing a dissertation about Music in Seville during the Dictatorship of Primo de Rivera (1923-1930), at the University of Cádiz. She began her studies of Piano at the Conservatory “Manuel de Falla” in Cádiz and holds a BA in Musicology from the Conservatory of Seville “Manuel Castillo,” an MA in Music Education and an MA in Musical Heritage from the University of Granada. In 2012, she was awarded the Musical Research Prize “Orfeón Donostiarra” (University of Basque Country). She is author of Norberto Almandoz (1893-1970), de norte a sur. Historia de un músico en Sevilla (Libargo, 2015), and she has written several papers and books chapters about musical life in Seville during the first half of the twentieth century.

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• The Wednesday@Noon Series offers concerts, lectures, and presentations of academic research by Department of Music faculty, postdoctoral researchers, students, and international guest artists and scholars. Ian Dicke, coordinator.


Wednesday, November 7 at 12:10pm to 1:00pm

Arts Building, Music Rehearsal Hall, ARTS 157
Arts Building, Riverside, CA 92507

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