New light on the political songs of the “Guerra de la Independencia” of Spain, a talk by Brian Jeffery in Madrid on Saturday 27 October 2018

I (Brian Jeffery) am giving a talk in Spanish on the songs which are the subject of my recent book España de la guerra: the Spanish political and military songs of the war in Spain 1808 to 1814 at the Universidad de Alcalá in Alcalá de Henares, Aula de Música, on Saturday 27 October 2018 at 20.00. Entry free. I hope that if you will be in Madrid (or can come there) you can come.

In the first part of the talk I shall describe these songs scarcely known until now, no doubt because their usually manuscript sources are largely in libraries in London, Lisbon, etc and few in Spain. The principal known composer of these songs was Fernando Sor.

Then I shall speak about the political aspect of these anti-French songs, in which I take a view which differs from today’s usual view. The songs were part of the anti-French propaganda of the time, against King Joseph Bonaparte, and their message was usually highly untruthful – indeed, a kind of “fake news” of the time. They are a special kind of propaganda.

In the third part of the event performances of some of the songs will take place, and I hope that there can be some audience participation (purely voluntary!) as there was at the time.