Connections

Hosted By Stephen Peithman

Exploring the often surprising links between concepts, themes and people in classical music, from medieval to modern

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Saturday, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Rebroadcast Sunday, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
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Saturday, April 29, 2017 Permalink

The Espagnole Connection

Renoir's "Young Spanish Woman with Guitar" (1898)

 

It’s an odd fact that the best-known “Spanish” music of the late 19th and early 20th centuries is actually by French composers.

Of course, Spain was just across the mountains, and a train route between the two countries was completed in 1864.

But more to the point were the Spanish musical forms that could be exploited and that audiences would recognize and appreciate. 

In this hour, the French musical perspective on its southern neighbor—from Bizet’s Carmen to Debussy’s Iberia, from Chabrier’s Espana to Ravel’s Bolero.

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