WHEN: Friday 30 November – Saturday 1 December 2018
WHERE: Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne

SYMPOSIUM “Spain and Constructions of Musical Exoticism”
CONCERT “Echoes of Spain,” Friday 30 November 7.30pm

*** NEW 27 November 2018***

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BOOKED OUT The concert “Echoes of Spain” will feature music for guitar, piano, harpsichord, flute and voice by composers including Domenico Scarlatti, Pablo Sarasate, Joaquin Turina and Manuel de Falla. The performers will include staff and students of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music: Alexandra Ioan, Andrea Katz, Adam May, Luisa Morales, Ken Murray, Beatriz Pomes and a guest from the United States, pianist Susanne Skyrm.

Attendance is free, but bookings are essential:

Please address any further enquiries to Liz Kertesz.

SYMPOSIUM: Spain and Constructions of Musical Exoticism

Far from being tied to a fixed, unchanging set of musical styles or gestures, musical representations of Spain have proved to be dynamic and multi-faceted constructs thriving across a range of periods and genres. While they have coloured the landscape of Western music since the 1500s, evocations of Spain gained momentum from the eighteenth century, and found new modes of expression with the rise of musical exoticism. Spanish composers, performers and impresarios have also been interlocutors in the promulgation of this exoticism, which has in turn influenced Hispanic musical styles and identities, and at times been a conduit for the broader dissemination of the musics of the New World.

We look forward to hearing papers from staff and students of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, and visiting scholars from Spain and the USA.

Michael Christoforidis and Elizabeth Kertesz
Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne
[Conference convenors]


Alfred Dehodencq, A Gypsy Dance in the Gardens of the Alcázar, in front of Charles V Pavilion (1851), Carmen Thyssen Museum [Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons]