Méthode active de langue espagnole

Henri Collet was unfortunately unable live off of his activity as a composer, and to earn his living he maintained a career as a Spanish teacher throughout his life. As he confided in his memoirs, “Free to write in peace, I took advantage of this stable position to compose and to write” (Mémoires, vol. 1, autograph manuscript, Paris, Clostre-Collet private archives, pg. 5bis). Collet, who held an agrégation in Spanish (1909) and a doctorate carried out at the University of Bordeaux and during numerous visits to the Iberian peninsula (he defended his thesis Le mysticisme musical espagnol au xvie siècle on 11 March 1913 at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Paris), at first taught in the upper primary schools of the City of Paris (the École Lavoisier) and at the École alsacienne, before obtaining a permanent post at the Lycée Chaptal, a Parisian grand établissement on the Boulevard des Batignolles. In the 1930s, he was also given responsibilities in teaching Spanish language and culture at the École normale supérieure in Fontenay-aux-Roses, École des hautes études commerciales (HEC), Institut d’études hispaniques de Paris (lectures on Spanish music and folklore), etc.

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place of publicationParis
years of publication1920