The first international conference dedicated to Roberto Gerhard took place in Huddersfield on 27-28 May, 2010 at the University of Huddersfield. There were (20?) participants in the conference, of whom 16 presented academic papers. The topics covered ranged from Gerhard’s early works, Dos Apunts through to the Fourth Symphony and the electronic works. Technical aspects covered included Gerhard’s personality, the development of his early works, structure, serialism and the philosophy lying behind much of his output.
Informal sessions were given by Pietat Homs Fornesa and Marita Gomis, daughters of friends of Gerhard and John Youngman, whose sculptures were source materials for some of Gerhard’s electronic works.
Two further informal events were a talk from Barrie Gavin on The Explorer, the BBC TV film about Gerhard, in the making of which Mr. Gavin played a significant part and, courtesy of the Archivist at the MRC Cambridge Laboratory of Molecular Biology, a showing of the film DNA in Reflection, for which Hans Boye, supported by Anand Sarabhai, the research students instrumental in persuading Gerhard to compose a score for their film, provided a paper describing its creation.
It was determined that we should meet again in Barcelona in 2012.
Available to download as PDFs
Joaquim Homs (invited paper)
Roberto Gerhard, the human side
Mark E. Perry, North Georgia College and State University
‘Un Catalá Mundial’: The early works of Roberto Gerhard
Leticia Sánchez de Andrés, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Roberto Gerhard and Ricard Gomis: A long and fruitful friendship
Belén Pérez Castillo, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
‘I am in tune with Camus’ Roberto Gerhard and Camus: A synergy against totalitarism.
Gabriela Lendle, University of Music and Dance, Cologne, Germany
Double Reality in Roberto Gerhard’s Don Quixote
Trevor Walshaw, University of Huddersfield
The Quest: an Audiomosaic
Samuel Llano, University of Birmingham
Roberto Gerhard’s Romeo and Juliet (1947) and the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre
Rachel E. Mitchell, University of Illinois
Form and function in Roberto Gerhard’s String Quartet no. 1
Fernando Buide, Yale University
Unity and process in Roberto Gerhard’s Symphony no. 3, ‘Collages’
Darren Sproston, University of Chester
Serial metamorphoses in the music of Roberto Gerhard
Carlos Duque, City University
Gerhard’s electronic music: a pioneer in constant evolution
Monty Adkins, University of Huddersfield
Audiomobiles, Sculptures and Conundrums
Hans Boye (invited paper)
How Roberto Gerhard was persuaded to make the soundtrack for DNA in Reflection
Roberto Gerhard’s tape collection: the electronic music
Diego Alonso Tomás, Universidad de La Rioja
‘A breathtaking adventure’: Gerhard’s music education under Arnold Schoenberg