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Gaceta musical de Madrid

(Madrid, 1855-1856)

RIPM Preservation Series: European and North American Music Periodicals (2017)

Printers: Antonio Andrés Babi, 1855-1856; D.P. Montero, 1856

Director: Hilarión Eslava

Periodicity: Weekly

"But none of them achieved the significance of the weekly founded by Hilarión Eslava in 1854: the excellent Gaceta Musical de Madrid which, although it ceased publication at the end of the following year, provided a most important example among Spanish music periodical publications. From the moment he arrived in Madrid, in 1844, and especially following his appointment as professor in composition at the Conservatorio de Madrid ten years later, Hilarión Eslava established and maintained relationships with the most outstanding professionals in the capital, motivated by his objective of renovation and his enterprising character. Such contacts and projects resulted in the constitution of 'Orfeo Español,' a society composed of a group of professors that aspired to influence the decisions the Government might make that could affect musical life, to promote the creation of musical schools, and to advocate the creation of a national opera theater. The first practical achievement of Orfeo Español was the publication of the Gaceta Musical de Madrid,' written by a society of artists, under the direction of D. Hilarión Eslava,' which initiated its weekly publication on February 4, 1854."

Jacinto Torres Mulas, "Music Periodicals in Spain: Beginnings and Historical Development." Fontes Artis Musicae, 44, no. 4 (October-December 1997): 339.