The Reception of Debussy in Spain Advances and Setbacks in the Transformation of an Esthetic Paradigm

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This article gives an account of the reception of Debussy in the Spanish press in the early decades of sec. XX since his debut in 1904 until 1935, date of the last performance of Iberia in Spain before the Civil War. The study follows not only the reactions of the audience and the music critics of the time but also tries to follow the philosophical discussion it generated by the purpose of changing the aesthetic paradigm raised by the new music. The paper has taken into account the different positions of musicians and musicologists of the time, trying to show not only the debate but also the didactic work of some critics who contributed to changes in perception of the audiences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)232-247
Number of pages16
JournalMusica Hodie
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Debussy
  • Spain
  • Musical criticism
  • Perception of the audiences

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