Dr Eva Moreda Rodriguez
- Lecturer (Music)
- Adviser of Studies (PG) (Arts College Graduate School)
I specialize in the political and cultural history of Spanish music from the late 19th century to the present. Within this broad chronological frame, key research themes include (in no particular order): exile; memory; music criticism and journalism; music and war; recording technologies; art song and vocality; history of reception; history of Spanish musicology; the Spanish avant-garde.
I am currently in the early stages of developing a research project on early recording cultures in Spain (1880-1905). Focusing on the so-called gabinetes fonográficos, which produced and sold their own recordings, the project seeks to (a) produce the first critical account of the early history of phonography in Spain (1880 to 1905); (b) in doing so, set the foundations of a transnational, context-sensitive understanding of the early history of musical recordings, fully integrating both local specificities and issues of national identity, memory, affection, mobility, modernity and others.
I have recently published two books on music and culture under Francoism. Music and Exile in Francoist Spain analyses the connections of Spanish exiled composers with their homeland throughout 1939-1975. Taking the diversity and heterogeneity of the Spanish Republican exile as its starting point, the volume presents extended comparative case studies in order to broaden and advance current conceptions of, and debates surrounding, exile in musicology and Spanish studies. In doing so, it significantly furthers academic research on individual composers including Salvador Bacarisse, Julian Bautista, Roberto Gerhard, Rodolfo Halffter, Julian Orbon and Adolfo Salazar. Music Criticism and Music Critics in Early Francoist Spain is the first English-language study of Spanish music criticism in the 1940s.
I joined the University of Glasgow in September 2012 as Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Fellow in Music as a Cultural Practice, having held research and teaching posts at the Royal Academy of Music and The Open University. I became a Lecturer in 2015.
I obtained undergraduate degrees in Classics and in Musicology at the Universities of Santiago de Compostela and La Rioja, and worked in the media and arts management industries in Spain and Germany before coming to the UK in 2006. My PhD, completed at Royal Holloway College – University of London in 2010, explored music criticism and journalism in Spain under the first years of the Franco regime (1939-1951), including the writings of prominent composers and performers (Joaquín Rodrigo, Joaquín Turina, Regino Sainz de la Maza) who doubled up as music critics.
My publications have appeared in both Music and Hispanic Studies journals, exploring topics in the cultural and political history of Spanish music such as: the musical exchanges between Spain and the Axis countries during the Second World War; Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto Heroico; folklore and gender in early Francoism; or the appropriation of Falla under the Franco regime.
My archival work in Spain has been supported by a number of funding bodies (Music & Letters Trust, Lucille Graham Trust, Carnegie Trust), and in summer 2013 I was a short-term Everett Helm research fellow at Indiana University’s Lilly Library.
In September 2015 I organized the Ninth International Conference on Music since 1900.
- Dame Margaret Tuke Travel Bursary awarded by Royal Holloway in order to undertake archival research in Madrid, 2007 (£250).
- Grant of the Associate Lecturers’ Development Fund awarded by The Open University in order to attend the Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society in Indianapolis, 2010 (£400).
- Music & Letters Trust Award to conduct archival research on Julián Bautista at the Biblioteca Nacional de España, Madrid, 2011 (£493).
- Everett Helm Short-Term Fellowship awarded by the University of Indiana – Bloomington to conduct archival research on songs of the American-Spanish war at the Lilly Library, 2012 ($1,850).
- Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland Small Grant for the project ‘Writing the exiles back into the history of Spanish music: Salvador Bacarisse and Roberto Gerhard’, 2013 (2440£)
- Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland Small Grant for the project ‘Rodolfo Halffter and the Franco regime - music, exile and collaboration', 2014 (920£)
I have supervised a MMus thesis on music aesthetics and am currently supervising two PhD theses on musicians' trade unions in Chile and on canon building and national identity.
I welcome enquiries from students wishing to pursue doctoral research in topics related to my research interests.
In 2015-16 I am acting as a coordinator for the following courses
- Music Criticism in Practice
I am also contributing to the following courses:
- Listening and Repertory
- Historiography and Criticism
Administrative roles in Music:
-Coordinator of the MA Music
-Convenor of the RMA colloquia
- 'Travelling phonographs in fin-de-siècle Spain: recording technologies and national regeneration in Ruperto Chapí’s El fonógrafo ambulante', Music Composition Centre seminar series, Trinity College Dublin, December 2016.
- 'Outreach, entertainment, innovation: Spanish exiled composers in European radios', Spain beyond Spain, College d'Espagne/IRCAM, Paris, November 2016.
- 'The problems of integrating exiled composers into the Spanish musical canon: a look at Jaume Pahissa’s Seis canciones para canto y piano’, 75 Years Since the Spanish Civil War, Sheffield, March 2014.
- ‘Julián Bautista and Catro Poemas Galegos: Galician vs Spanish Myth’, New Perspectives on Galician Music, University College Cork, November 2011.
- ‘Flamenco and Spanish Dance: A Case Study in Performance and Politics’, Museum Research Events series, Royal Academy of Music, May 2010.
- ‘Good wives, good mothers, good folklorists: Gender and Music in 1940s Spain’, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, June 2009.
- ‘Barriendo el tinglado modernista: el Franquismo como purificador en la crítica musical’, First Conference of the ‘Music and Ideology’ Research Network, University of La Rioja (Spain), November 2008.
Selected conference Papers
- 'Early music in Francoist Spain: Higini Angles and the exiles', Roots of Revival conference, The Horniman Museum, March 2014
- 'Emigrés back in their homeland: stories from the Spanish Republican exile', Singing a song in a foreign land conference, Royal College of Music, February 2014
- ‘Writing an exile back into national histories of music: the reception of Roberto Gerhard in Francoist Spain’, RMA Annual Conference, Institute of Music Research, September 2013
- ‘A ‘performers’ composer’ in exile: Salvador Bacarisse and his reception in Francoist Spain’, Music Since 1900 conference, University of Liverpool Hope, September 2013
- ‘Writing the exiles back into history: the Republican exiles in the historiography of Spanish music, 1953/1973’, AHGBI annual conference, Oxford University, March 2013
- ‘Celebratory Music in 1940s Spain: the case of Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto Heroico’, 33rd Annual Conference of the Association for Contemporary Iberian studies, King’s College London, September 2012.
- ’25 years later: The Music of the Republican Exiles at the Festival de Música de América y España’, Second International Roberto Gerhard Conference, Barcelona (organized by the University of Huddersfield), April 2012.
- ‘Celebratory Music in 1940s Spain: the case of Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto Heroico’, Seventh Biennial Conference on Music Since 1900, Lancaster University, July 2011.
- ‘Music, Fascism, Race and Canon: Musical Exchanges between Spain and Germany, 1939-45’, American Musicological Society Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, November 2010.
- ‘Spanish Music in Britain: Two Case Studies from the First World War and the Cold War’, 31st Annual Conference of the Association for Contemporary Iberian studies, Roehampton University (London), September 2010.
- ‘‘Internal dissidents? Julio Gómez, Xavier Montsalvatge and 'official music' during the earlier Franco regime’, Conference Music and Politics, University of Bristol, April 2010.
- ‘Good wives, good mothers, good folklorists: Gender and Music in 1940s Spain’, SMI/RMA Joint Annual Conference, Royal Irish Academy of Music, July 2009.
- ‘Sounding out Hispanidad: Ancient Music Revival during the Early Franco Regime’, Sixth Biennial Conference on Music Since 1900, Keele University, July 2009.
- ‘Spanish Music, 1945-1951: Post-fascism, Para-fascism, National-Catholicism?’, RMA Study Day Music after Fascism, University of York, July 2008.
- ‘Hispanic-German Music Festivals during the Second World War’, Conference Music, Oppression and Exile, International Centre for Suppressed Music, SOAS, London, April 2008.