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Presentation of The Roberto Gerhard Companion — Ashgate Publishing

The Roberto Gerhard Companion – Edited by Monty Adkins, University of Huddersfield, UK, and Michael Russ, University of Huddersfield, UK

This book builds on the outcomes of two recent international conferences and includes contributions by scholars from Spain, the USA and UK. The essays collected here explore themes and trends within Gerhard’s work, using individual or groups of works as case studies. Among  the themes presented are the way Gerhard’s work was shaped by his Catalan heritage, his education under Pedrell and Schoenberg, and his very individual reaction to the latter’s teaching and methods, notably Gerhard’s very distinctive approach to serialism.

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The influence of these and other cultural and literary figures is an important underlying theme that ties essays together. Exiled from Catalonia from 1939, Gerhard spent the remainder of his life in Cambridge, England, composing a string of often ground-breaking compositions, notably the symphonies and concertos composed in the 1950s and 1960s. A particular focus in this book is Gerhard’s electronic music. He was a pioneer in this genre and the book will contain the first rigorous studies of this music as well as the first accurate catalogue of this electronic output. His ground-breaking output of incidental music for radio and the stage is also given detailed consideration.

Now available from Ashgate…

Contents:

  • Preface; Introduction, Monty Adkins and Michael Russ
  • Early works and life of Roberto Gerhard, Mark E. Perry
  • ‘Unquestionably decisive’: Roberto Gerhard’s studies with Arnold Schoenberg, Diego Alonso Tomás
  • ‘Promoting and diffusing Catalonian musical heritage’: Roberto Gerhard and Catalan folk music, Julian White
  • Roberto Gerhard’s ballets: music, ideology and passion, Leticia Sánchez de Andrés
  • Roberto Gerhard, Shakespeare and the Memorial Theatre, Samuel Llano
  • Music as autobiography: Roberto Gerhard’s Violin Concerto, Michael Russ
  • Two men in tune: the Gerhard-Camus relationship, Belén Pérez Castillo
  • Roberto Gerhard’s serial procedures and formal design in String Quartets Nos 1 and 2, Rachel E. Mitchell
  • Composing with sets: Roberto Gerhard’s Concerto for Piano and String Orchestra, Michael Russ
  • Roberto Gerhard the serial symphonist, Darren Sproston
  • In search of a ‘third way’, Monty Adkins
  • The influence of electronic music on Roberto Gerhard’s Symphony No 4 ‘New York’, Carlos Duque
  • Roberto Gerhard’s BBC sound compositions, Gregorio Garciá Karman
  • Select bibliography
  • Index.
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International Success — Perspectives on the Reception of the work of Roberto Gerhard

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The Third International Roberto Gerhard Conference took place in the historic and beautiful setting of  the University of Alcalá de Henares,  Madrid, on 6th-7th June 2013, coordinated by Dr. Paloma Ortiz de Urbina and Dr. Carlos Duque. There were 18 delegates, made extremely welcome by our hosts. The papers presented covered a wide range of aspects of Gerhard’s music, several covering new ground in Gerhard scholarship. Particularly exciting were discoveries concerning Gerhard’s period of study with Schoenberg and in the field of Gerhard’s music reception.

Extramural activity included a guided tour of the Renaissance city of Alcalá de Henares, the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra and a superb concert, given by the Duo Elena Gragera (singer) and Antón Cardó (Piano) with a well-varied programme which included Schoenberg’s Das Buch der Hängenden Gärten and the first performance in Madrid of a new publication, three songs by Gerhard, discovered and edited by Carlos Duque. The final session was devoted to an open forum, lead by three eminent musicians: José Luis García del Busto (Journalist, writer, musicologist, and Academic of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando ), Tomás Marco (composer, writer, musicologist, and former Director of Spanish National Orchestra) and José Luis Temes (conductor and musicologist).

The smooth running of the conference was facilitated by a group of students from the University, who were a great help in the distribution of information and in translating for monolingual delegates.

Students part of the organising committee Roberto Gerhard Conference 2013:  Daniel Migueláñez, Pepa Álvarez, Darío Gómez de Barreda, Eduardo Sierra, Violeta Caballero, Beatriz Ezquerra, Beatriz Martínez, David del Moral, Luis Sánchez, Gloria Santos, Laura Arenas, Luis Martínez, Adrián Sierra, María Pérez y Patricia Ramón

It was determined that we should meet again in Huddersfield in 2015.

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El tercer Congreso Internacional Roberto Gerhard tuvo lugar en el imponente Rectorado renacentista de la Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, bajo la coordinación de los doctores Paloma Ortiz de Urbina y Carlos Duque. Durante los días 6 y 7 de Junio de 2013, 14 académicos venidos de Reino Unido, Alemania, Venezuela y España, abordaron las distintas perspectivas en la recepción de la obra de Roberto Gerhard. Las presentaciones abarcaron campos tan amplios e interesantes como recepción de la obra de Gerhard en la crítica inglesa, en la bibliografía española, en el mundo norte-americano, o en la prensa barcelonesa, así como presentaciones sobre análisis musical.

El congreso acabó con una mesa redonda en la que participaron tres ilustres invitados: José Luis García del Busto, escritor, musicólogo y Académico de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Tomás Marco, compositor y musicólogo, y José Luis Temes, director de orquesta y musicólogo. Además, tuvimos la oportunidad de asistir a un extraordinario concierto por parte del duo Elena Gragera y Antón Cardó (mezzo soprano y piano), que interpretaron obras de Arnold Schoenberg y Roberto Gerhard.

Alumnos que participaron en el comité organizador del congreso sobre Roberto Gerhard 2013: Daniel Migueláñez, Pepa Álvarez, Darío Gómez de Barreda, Eduardo Sierra, Violeta Caballero, Beatriz Ezquerra, Beatriz Martínez, David del Moral, Luis Sánchez, Gloria Santos, Laura Arenas, Luis Martínez, Adrián Sierra, María Pérez y Patricia Ramón

El próximo congreso tendrá lugar en la Universidad de Huddersfield en 2015.

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International Conference — Perspectives on the Reception of the work of Roberto Gerhard

International Conference
Perspectives on the Reception of the work of Roberto Gerhard  

Universidad de Alcalá, Salón de Actos, Rectorado de la Universidad de Alcalá,
6th and 7th June 2013

Conferencia Gerhard Poster

Conference Schedule

Thursday, 6th June

09:30 Registration at Patio de Filósofos, Rectorado UAH
10:15 Welcome reception by UAH President Fernando Galván
10:30 Paloma Ortiz-de-Urbina (Universidad de Alcala) & Michael Russ (University of Huddersfield). Roberto Gerhard and Post-Tonal Theory: A Last Letter to Schoenberg
11:00 Diego Alonso: (Universidad de Rioja) Back to tonality?! Gerhard’s compositional strategies during the first stage of his studies with Schoenberg
11:30 Coffee
12:00 Julian White (Independent researcher, Wellington, UK): Gerhard’s ‘Music for Pandora’
12:30 Mark E. Perry (North Georgia University): Roberto Gerhard in United States
13:00 Carlos Duque (University of Huddersfield): The influence of critics in Gerhard´s music
13:30 Lunch (Restaurante Rectorado)
15:00 Visit to Universidad de Alcalá Rectorado and Paraninfo
16:30 Coffee
17:00

Leticia Sánchez (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) El compositor Robert Gerhard. Música y literatura. Invited guest: Javier Alfaya

17:30 Carlos Duque, Presentation of documentary: Roberto Gerhard, an explorer in the Avangarde
18:00 Moving to Aula de Música
19:00 Concert: Elena Gragera and Antón Cardó. Auditorio del Aula de Música.

Friday, 7th June

10:00 Jesús Ferrer: (Universidad de Cantabria)London calling”: una ayuda en el exilio
10:30 Sergio Restrepo: (Universidad Complutense) Aproximación analítica a la Symphony 3 (‘Collages’), de Roberto Gerhard
11:00 José de Eusebio (Conductor, Alicante): Gerhard´s Violin Concerto
11:30 Coffee
12:00 Belén Pérez (Universidad Complutense): Roberto Gerhard en la bibliografía musical de la España franquista (1949-1973)
12:30 Germán Gan-Quesada (Universitat Autònoma, Barcelona):Robert Gerhard through the looking-glass of Barcelona press (1945-1975)
13:00

Gregorio G. Karman: (University of Huddersfield)  Gerhard, Calígula, and the ONCE Group

13:30 Lunch
15:00 Trevor Walshaw (University of Huddersfield): Don Roberto = Don Quixote
15:30 Ana Vega: (Universidad Autónoma, Madrid) El sentimiento español en la obra de Roberto Gerhard
16:00 Coffee
16:30 Free Panel with invited guests and general discussion:
- José Luis García del Busto- Begoña Lolo- Tomás Marco - José Luis Temes

 

 

 

 

  

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Portrait Concert Roberto Gerhard

Radio Broadcast

Catalunya Música, Els Concerts www.catmusica.cat
18 December 2012, 20:00 (GMT+1:00)

 

 

 

PROGRAM

  • Three songs for voice and piano (ca 1930–40)
  • Capriccio (1949), for flute
  • Lament for the death of a bullfighter (1959), for voice and tape (concert version)
  • DNA in reflection (1963), solo tape (film)
  • Claustrophilia (1966), a page for John Cage, for eight harps, four short-wave radios and two monitors (world premiere)

Recording of the concert II International Conference Roberto Gerhard, Barcelona—Valls 2012
Auditori del Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu.
Barcelona, Thursday, 26 April 2012.

Further details: http://ggkarman.de/benvingutmrgerhard/

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Concierto Monográfico Roberto Gerhard – Emisión Radiofónica

Catalunya Música, Els Concerts www.catmusica.cat
18 December 2012, 20:00 (GMT+1:00)

PROGRAM

  • Tres canciones para voz y piano (ca 1930–40)
  • Capriccio (1949), para flauta
  • Lament for the death of a Bullfighter (1959), para voz y cinta electrónica (versión con recitadora en vivo)
  • DNA in reflection (1963), cinta electrónica (película)
  • Claustrophilia (1966), a page for John Cage, para ocho arpas, cuatro radios de onda corta y dos monitores (estreno mundial)

Grabación del concierto de la II Conferencia Internacional Roberto Gerhard, Barcelona—Valls 2012
Auditori del Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu.
Barcelona, Jueves 26 Abril de 2012.

Mas información: http://ggkarman.de/benvingutmrgerhard/

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Dr. Monty Adkins is giving a talk about the project in Montreal at CIRRMT in McGill University, Canada.

 

CIRMMT is the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology. It is a multi-disciplinary research group centred at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University.  It unites researchers and their students from three Quebec institutions – McGill University (Faculties of Music, Science, Engineering, Education and Medicine), l’Université de Montréal (Faculté de musique, Faculté des arts & des sciences), and l’Université de Sherbrooke (Faculté de génie).  The CIRMMT community also includes administrative and technical staff, research associates, visiting scholars, musicians, and industrial associates.  CIRMMT occupies a unique position on the international stage having developed intense research partnerships with other academic and research institutions, as well as diverse industry partners throughout the world.

Dr. Adkins is giving a talk entitled:

The electronic music of Roberto Gerhard

Oct 26, 2012, from 01:00 PM to 02:30 PM.
A-412, New Music Building, 527 Sherbrooke Street West. (Enter via Library on 3rd floor

For more details, please follow the link below:
link: http://www.cirmmt.mcgill.ca/activities/seminars/adkins

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The team!!!

We are a team of three people, working currently in the project.

 

 

Dr. Monty Adkins, Composer and Professor of Experimental Electronic Music and Head of Research for the Music Department at the University of Huddersfield.

 

 

 

Dr. Carlos Duque: Composer and Research Fellow


 

 

 

Sr. Gregorio García Karman: Musicologist and Research Associate

 

 

The Research Team acknowledge the kind support and advice of:

Anna Pensaert, Head of Music, Cambridge University Library.

Staff of the Manuscripts Reading Room, Cambridge University Library.

Don Manning: Head of Imaging Services, Cambridge University Library.

Alan Farrant: Head of Conservation, Cambridge University Library.

Ted Kendall, Sound Archivist.

Will Prentice, Sound Archivist, National Sound Archive.

Dominique Bassal, Mastering engineer.

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The two rooms

We have two rooms for the project, one for digitising the tapes and other for making photos of the reels and backing up metadata.

 

Transfer Room: 4 reel to reel tapes, 3 high end A/D Mytek converters, 4 computers, etc…

 

 

 

 

Imaging Room: Photographic stand, light box, 1 computer, etc….

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Setting up the stuff

We are currently setting up 4 reel to reel tapes machines, 3 high end A/D Mytek converters, 5 computers in a network and more than 600 tapes waiting for us….

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Come and join us in our blog

We invite you to join us in our project. Along the next weeks (months in fact) in the Archive Room at Cambridge University Library, we’ll upload the information with our activity. The electronic music of Roberto Gerhard is coming alive. Feel free to cross the door of the project and come along…

 

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Starting the Research Project at Cambridge

         

The Electronic Music of Roberto Gerhard

This is the project that the University of Huddersfield will run from Jan 2012 – Dec 2012. The AHRC are funding £146,000 for to produce research outputs that will include a book, a cd of works, journal articles, conference papers and a complete catalogue of the tapes and electronic works. The first 3 months will be in Cambridge working on the collection and the remaining nine months will be working on the catalogue and other research outputs. One of these outputs is on 24-26 of April, with the 2nd International Conference Roberto Gerhard, host in Barcelona and Valls, and organised by the University of Huddersfield.

This research project will examine the electronic music of Roberto Gerhard. Gerhard received a number of prestigious commissions, including the BBC, Koussevitsky Foundation and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. By undertaking the first academic study of Gerhard’s electronic music produced between 1954-66 we will compare Gerhard’s achievements as a composer of both acoustic and electronic music to those of his European counterparts; position his work relative to the other UK-based pioneers of electronic music (Oram, Cary and Derbyshire); and provide an important insight into the unique circumstances associated with the development of electronic music in the UK during the early 1950s, not least the lack of establishment support.

The research team is:

Dr. Monty Adkins: Composer and Professor of Experimental Electronic Music and Head of Research for the Music Department
Dr. Carlos Duque: Composer and Research Fellow
Sr. Gregorio García Karman: Research Associate

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Contacts:

Dr. Carlos Duque, musicalia@musicalia.com
Dr. M. Adkins, m.adkins@hud.ac.uk
Mr. Trevor Walshaw, trevor.s.walshaw@phonecoop.coop

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