The modernization of the musical life in the Spain of Isabel II: beyond Martín Sánchez Allú (1823-1858)

MADRID, MARCH 7t h- 8th 2014

These study days are organized by the Conservatorio Profesional de Música “Arturo Soria”, in collaboration with the Museo Nacional del Romanticismo (National Museum of Romanticism), and will take place in Madrid, at the Auditorium of the Museo Nacional del Romanticismo, on March 7th and 8th, 2014.

The biographical trajectory of the composer Martín Sánchez Allú (1823-1858) and his artistic production are placed at a historical crossroad. Starting from his education in the ecclesiastical environment of Salamanca and leading to the “salons” and theatres of Madrid during the reign of the Queen Isabel II, the path of his life as well as his artistic creation strongly reflect the birth of a new historical period.


Departing from the figure of the composer, these study days aim to present the most recent research focused on his life and work, to reflect on the nature of the institutional, intellectual and musical changes that operated during Isabel II’s reign (1830-1868), as well as to open new perspectives in the study of the music in Spain during that period.


The organizers encourage to present proposals which fit into the following areas, within the historical and geographical frame of Spain during the time period of Isabel II:


–           Musical modernization as a historical phenomenon.

–           Music spaces and institutions.

–           Repertoires, performing practices and listening practices.

–           Local identity and cosmopolitism in the musical genres.

–           Editorial industry and musical press.

–           The birth of the musical historiography: concepts, models and discourses


Proposals focused on Martín Sánchez Allú’s life and work will have preference.


The keynote speaker will be Prof. Juan José Carreras (University of Zaragoza). Papers selected at the conference will be published in a miscellaneous volume.


All the proposals (title, 400 words abstract and a brief CV) must be submitted before September, 15th 2013. The acceptance will be confirmed before October 1st 2013. Please, submit the proposals to: The time allowed for each paper is 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes discussion period. The organizers are not responsible for travel or accommodation expenses.




Fernando Delgado García (Conservatorio Profesional Arturo Soria)

Alberto Hernández Mateos (Fundación Juan March)


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