50 YEARS OF SPANISH CRITIC. MYTHS AND WHISPERS
1ª Edition. 15x21 cm.
Author: Joaquín Martín De Sagarmínaga
Is there enough bibliography about lyric poetry in Spain?, Is it necessary to have new works which create a profile of its development? It depends on its approach, it would be the proper answer, and perhaps this is way Myths and Whispers is a commendable work, a study which proposes an original overview of the lyric poetry in our country between the second part of the 19th century and the first one of the 20th century. A precise style, but not exempt from humour, the book contains the lives and works of singers –leading role or supporting role- of this period, with many different points of view.
Myths and Whispers moves in two ways. On the one hand, it contains a representative sample of legendary artists who performed in the Teatro Real (Royal Theatre) of Madrid before closing in 1925, contributing to make it one of the most prestigious stages in Europe. In these pages, the reader will find illustrious names such as Marcella Sembrich, Hariclea Darclée, Geneviève Vix, Enrico Tamberlick or Beniamino Gigli, among others. Together with them we also find, to be fair, Spanish contemporaries who at that time had certain fame, but whose voice has been hushed up by History, even turning it into a whisper. This category could hold people like Matilde de Lerma, Conchita Velázquez, Antonio Aramburo, Julián Biel or Vicente Ballester, among others. Every artist is portrayed through a contextual perspective of their lives, together with the analysis of their vocal features and artistic work, including –if there are- his/her teaching activity and the commentaries of recordings and texts. The text is also accompanied by 46 photographs which are in many cases unpublished.