Program Details

Lorca:  The Music and Art in His Words

Cora Bresciano
Arts & Letters / Music
Video Catch-up

Course Description

Federico García Lorca (1898-1936), the Poet of Spain, was also a brilliant playwright and, sadly, a tragic victim of the Spanish Civil War. He was a talented artist and musician, his passion for art and song inspiring much of his work. In this series of multi-media lectures, attendees will experience firsthand the music and art that fueled Lorca's passions and found their way into his writing. Lorca's life and work will be explored, not just through his writing but through the music and art that inspired and complemented it. Participants will learn about Lorca's life and writing in a historical context and gain an appreciation of the fascinating cross-pollination of art forms that contributed to his body of work. 


  1. Lorca and the Deep Song: We'll look at Lorca's Poem of the Deep Song and listen to the raw yearning of Spanish "cante jondo" that inspired it.
  2. Lorca and the Gypsy Ballads: We'll read from his book of that name and listen to the old Spanish ballads that form its framework.
  3. Lorca in New York: We'll cross the Atlantic with Lorca in 1929, learning of "his love of Harlem jazz and Cuban son," which we'll experience through recordings.
  4. Lorca at the Theatre: We'll return to Spain, where we'll sample his dramatic writing and admire the innovative sets and costumes he designed himself. 

About the Instructor

  • Cora Bresciano, MFA, is the co-founder of Blue Planet Global Education, a non-profit organization that coaches educators on creating international writing-and-arts collaborations. She has been a Visiting Instructor at FAU, teaching myth and magical realism in literature along with creative and first-year writing. She lectures and presents in the U.S. and abroad, most recently in Lisbon at the Modern Language Association International Symposium. She is currently writing her Ph.D. dissertation on the agency of myth and absence in Franco's Spain and Francoist historical fiction. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from FAU, where she received the Frank and Courtney Brogan Award in Fiction, and a B.S. in Music Education from Hofstra University in New York.