INSTRUMENT OF CHANGE
The International Rise of the Guitar (c. 1870-1945)

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

WHEN: Friday 9 – Sunday 11 December 2016
WHERE: Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne (Royal Pde, Parkville)
ADMISSION: free, but please register for conference, see below for details

Booking now closed but PLEASE COME ALONG ANYWAY!!!

  • Please join us for tonight’s concert: NO BOOKINGS REQUIRED
    Concert 2
    (Saturday 10 December 20.00): Visions of Spain.
    Alexandra Velasco-Svoboda plays works by Santiago de Murcia, Joaquín Rodrigo and Manuel de Falla, followed by Leyenda del Tiempo, a collaboration between three of Australia’s leading contemporary flamenco artists, featuring Gerard Mapstone and Richard Tedesco (guitar) and Joe Batrouney (cajón).
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  • Registration for the conference is free, but please register through Eventbrite (unless you are a speaker).
    You can register for the whole conference (Full Conference Pass), or for individual days if you don’t want to attend the whole event. This will assist us with catering morning and afternoon teas.

The rise and international dissemination of the modern guitar can be dated to the decades around the turn of the twentieth century, when the instrument took on a variety of forms and became associated with a range of playing styles and music genres. This conference will explore the contexts and trajectories of the guitar during this dynamic period, which pre-dated its global proliferation as a popular music icon in the second half of the twentieth century.

Michael Christoforidis and Ken Murray (Convenors)

KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONS

Walter Clark (University of California, Riverside): “Going cucú for Aranjuez: Sources of musical inspiration and influence in Joaquín Rodrigo’s most famous work”
Kevin Dawe (University of Kent): “The guitar in world history (c.1870-1945)”
Melanie Plesch (Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne): “Nationalism, internationalism and other dichotomies in the history of the guitar in Argentina”
John Whiteoak (Monash University): “Sounding the silence of the guitar in Australian musical entertainment, culture and society before the Jazz Age”

EVENTS (no booking required)

Concert 1 (Friday 9 December 19.30): Instruments of Change. Doug de Vries and friends.
Virtuoso guitarist Doug de Vries leads an ensemble performing on new instruments made for the MCM by master Brazilian luthier Lineu Bravo, playing new arrangements of music by Jobim, Gismonti, Ken Murray, de Vries, Garoto and more!

Concert 2 (Saturday 10 December 20.00): Visions of Spain.
Alexandra Velasco-Svoboda plays works by Santiago de Murcia, Joaquín Rodrigo and Manuel de Falla, followed by Leyenda del Tiempo, a collaboration between three of Australia’s leading contemporary flamenco artists, featuring Gerard Mapstone and Richard Tedesco (guitar) and Joe Batrouney (cajón).

Exhibition: Plink-a-plong: The Belle Epoque Guitar and Percy Grainger.
Grainger Museum (adjacent to the Conservatorium building), open Friday 12.00–19.15; Sunday 12.00–16.00

This project was made possible through the support of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music’s
Louise Hanson-Dyer and Joseph Hanson Bequests.


Conference Convenors: Dr Michael Christoforidis; Dr Ken Murray (University of Melbourne)

Image credit: Juan Gris, La Guitare (1912)