Roberto Gerhard: Re-Appraising a Musical Visionary

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This conference, marking the 50th anniversary of the death of the composer Roberto Gerhard will illuminate the multidisciplinary influences on his compositional oeuvre and creative thinking. Gerhard is one of the most prominent Spanish composers of the 20th Century. His creative output encompasses works influenced by Catalan folk music, serialism, works for dance, film and the theatre as well as electronic sound composition. Gerhard studied and travelled widely during his lifetime, living in Spain, Germany, France throughout the 1920-1930s, and from 1939 until his death in 1970, in Cambridge, England. As a result of his travels and his wide-ranging interests, Gerhard came into contact with and was influenced by many of the leading artists, writers, thinkers, choreographers, theatre directors and scientists of his generation. Previous Gerhard scholarship has mainly been exploratory and analytical - it is only in the past decade that his work has begun to receive serious critical attention. This conference seeks to look outwards from Gerhard's compositions themselves and will explore two key interdisciplinary themes in relation to his life and work:
1) exile;
2) cultural translation.
Addressing these issues will lead to new insights into how Gerhard’s compositional aesthetic was informed and shaped by the interdisciplinary nature of his cultural interests, his collaborators, his position as a Spanish exile, and how the myriad of resulting cross-connections are reflected in his work.
Period2 Jul 20213 Jul 2021
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionInternational