Conference 2010

27-28 May 2010, University of Huddersfield

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.



Joaquim Homs, Roberto Gerhard, the human side

Hans Boye, How Roberto Gerhard was persuaded to make the soundtrack for DNA in Reflection


Conference Papers:

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

Julian White, ‘Lament and Laughter’: emotional responses to exile in Gerhard’s post-Civil War works

Gregorio García-Karman, 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