6-7 June 2013, University of Alcalá de Henares, Madrid
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.