El surgimiento del concierto público en Madrid (1767-1808)

  1. Josep Martínez Reinoso
Supervised by:
  1. Miguel Angel Marín López Director

Defence university: Universidad de La Rioja

Year of defence: 2017

  1. Juan José Carreras López Chair
  2. Pablo L. Rodríguez Fernández Secretary
  3. José Máximo Leza Cruz Committee member
  1. Ciencias Humanas
Doctoral Programme:
  1. Programa Oficial de Doctorado en Historia, Cultura y Territorio

Type: Thesis


The rise of public concerts can be considered as one of the most remarkable achievements in Western music history. The emergence and consolidation of concerts in the leisure and entertainment life in European cities set the ground of a cultural phenomenon that has remained essentially unaltered from the end of the eighteenth century to nowadays. In organisational terms, public concerts marked a difference compared to other musical events, as they encouraged aesthetical autonomy from any other motivation beyond listening and enjoying music, while they also assumed commercial and social purposes, the participation of professional musicians and anonymous audience as their main target. Unlike Paris, London or Vienna, the rise of public concerts in Madrid has not been explored until now. Thus this thesis aims at filling this historiographical gap by presenting an overview of this process examining both the local and the international contexts in which it took place. The main results are, on the one hand, the finding and analysis of a substantial number of archive sources so for completely unknown and, on the other, the identification of new musical works preserved at the Biblioteca Histórica in Madrid that have remained completely overlooked by previous research. All these new materials have allowed to reconstruct many concert programmes that can be retrieved by no other means. Among other outputs, this thesis has achieved to assemble for the first time the most complete calendar of concerts held in Madrid from the late eighteenth century to the early nineteenth century, as well as to determine the particular management models and programming conditions developed here.