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Brian Jeffery – España de la guerra


I’m happy to say that my new book España de la guerra: the Spanish political and military songs of the war in Spain 1808 to 1814 is now with the printer and will shortly be published. This page is an invitation to a pre-publication subscription.  We will be happy to include your name in the list of subscribers printed in the book, if you should so wish. For details, and about the book, see below.


Details about subscribing are here.  For a full description of the book, see below.  

To subscribe to this new book, use the Pre-order options button above.  

If you like, your name can be included in the List of Subscribers printed in the book. If you would like your name to be included in the List of Subscribers printed in the book, please also fill in this form no later than midnight UK time on Friday 19 May 2017.

You can subscribe after that date, but your name cannot then be included in the List of Subscribers printed in the book.  The final date to subscribe (without your name being included in the List of Subscribers) will be notified on this page and will be about the beginning of June 2017.  It is expected that the book will be shipped to subscribers in June 2017.

There is an option to buy both the printed book and also the ebook, because the ebook can serve for more detailed searching than the purely onomastic printed index can provide.  This can be especially useful if you are professionally involved in this field.  (And you would then also be able to read the book on an electronic device.)

The clothbound edition is sturdy and with quality binding. If you order the clothbound edition, you can also receive on request if you wish a separate print-out of the rather elegant cover of the paperbound version.

As a subscriber you will receive the book at the pre-publication subscriber’s price.  After the subscription period ends the price of the book, and of the ebook, may go up.

If you know other people who might be interested in this book, I would be most grateful if you would let them know about this page.  If you know five such people, do tell them all! Or even ten . . .  The publisher, Tecla Editions, is a small family-run business and we will appreciate all the publicity that may be possible.  Many thanks!

Full description of the book

This new book is about the Spanish political and military songs of the war in Spain from 1808 to 1814, that is to say the war known in the UK as the Peninsular War and in Spain as the Guerra de la Independencia.  These songs have until now scarcely been studied, listed or even mentioned, no doubt because most of their surviving musical scores are outside Spain, in libraries in London, Lisbon, Den Haag and elsewhere.  This is the first time as far as I know that anyone has made a detailed list of the extant copies of these songs, both the literary (text-only) sources and the surviving music scores, combining and gathering information from them, from external sources, and from the political and military background.  The book has about 420 pages, and the catalogue of songs with their sources includes about 160 songs.

I tell the story of the songs from the point of view of their own time, without reference to later versions of history or to later agendas.  And I see the songs as a part of the propaganda of the time, in fact as one of the most powerful aspects of that propaganda because in these songs, the recipients of the propaganda not merely heard the message but participated in it by actually themselves singing the message of the propaganda.

The principal composer of songs of the war was Fernando Sor, who has six known songs of this kind to his credit, all of them discussed in this book.  The book gives full and often previously unexplored details about the circumstances in which he and others wrote and composed these songs.

I hope very much that you may wish to be a subscriber.  I think that you will find the book interesting and with new information if you are interested in the Peninsular War, or the Guerra de la Independencia, or Fernando Sor, or the nature of propaganda, or indeed the whole political and propagandistic state of Spain at that time.  The book has been awaited for quite a while, and if you are a subscriber you will receive one of the first copies.



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