Why do orchestral and band musicians in exile matter? A case study from Spain

Moreda Rodriguez, E. (2019) Why do orchestral and band musicians in exile matter? A case study from Spain. Music and Letters, (doi:10.1093/ml/gcz080) (Early Online Publication)

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Abstract

Even though scholarship on music and exile under Franco has grown steadily for the past three decades, little attention has been paid thus far to exiled performers who were active primarily as members of orchestras and bands. This article makes an initial contribution to this field by focusing on the Banda Madrid as a case study. The Banda Madrid was founded in the spring of 1939 in the internment camp of Le Barcarès (France) by Rafael Oropesa. Its members went into exile in Mexico City and became a fixture of the Spanish exile community until 1947. I discuss how the Banda Madrid and the stories of some of its individual members expand our understanding of politics and modernity in the Spanish Republican exile. In order to do this, I follow the trajectories of Banda Madrid musicians before, during, and after the Civil War, and contrast them with those of left-wing composers in exile.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Early Online Publication
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Moreda Rodriguez, Dr Eva
Authors: Moreda Rodriguez, E.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Music
Journal Name:Music and Letters
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:0027-4224
ISSN (Online):1477-4631
Published Online:31 October 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Authors
First Published:First published in Music and Letters 2019
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
3000960Making sense of exile in Spanish musics historiography: Josep Valls and Sim�n Tapia Colm�nEva Moreda RodriguezThe Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland (CARNEGTR)70712Arts - Music