The Tonadilla in Performance: Lyric Comedy in Enlightenment Spain.pdf
Elisabeth Le Guin is Associate Professor of Musicology at UCLA and author of Boccherini's Body: An Essay in Carnal Musicology (UC Press, 2005).
The tonadilla, a satiric musical skit popular on the public stages of Madrid during the late Enlightenment, has played a significant role in the history of music in Spain. This book, the first major study of the tonadilla in English, examines the musical, theatrical, and social worlds that the tonadilla brought together, and their lasting influence the historiography of Spanish music. The tonadillas' careful constructions of musical populism provide a window onto the tensions among Enlightened modernity, folkloric nationalism, and the politics of representation; their diverse, engaging, and cosmopolitan music is an invitation to re-examine tired old ideas of musical 'Spanishness.' Perhaps most radically of all, their satirical nature urges us to embrace the labile, para-textual nature of comic performance as central to the construction of history.