Postmodernity’s Musical Pasts International Conference 2015

The Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation announces the international conference, Postmodernity’s Musical Pasts: Rediscoveries and Revivals after 1945, to be held at The City University of New York, The Graduate Center 26-27 March 2015. We are inviting papers based on new research that address the multi-faceted topics related to rediscoveries and revivals while drawing upon the methodologies of ethnomusicology, historical musicology, music theory, cultural studies, and anthropology. We encourage presentations on a variety of topics from the early music revival in the U.S. and Europe to the folk revival movement in the post-Soviet era, from compositions responding to revivalist notions to currents in the discipline of musicology.

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3rd International Course on Medieval Music Performance

July 5-13, 2014: The 3rd International Course on Medieval Music (12th-14th c.), supported by the Foundation, will begin once again this July. Hosted in Besalú, a picturesque and well-preserved medieval town in Catalonia, this nine-day immersion course is designed for vocalists and instrumentalists performing early music. The variety of programs include chant, ars nova, and vocal and instrumental music, and will bring together a world-class group of artists, scholars, and teachers.

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The Global Reach of the Fandango

April 17, 2015: The Foundation is hosting an upcoming conference on the history and scope of the fandango. Emerging from the Atlantic slave trade with its cataclysmic remaking of the Western world, the fandango was born in the ports of Cádiz, Veracruz, Sao Paolo and Havana, and proliferated throughout Europe and the Americas. Widely dispersed in terms of geography, class, and cultural reference, the fandango’s many faces reflect a diversity of exchange across what was once the Spanish Empire.

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Enrique Granados Centenary and Anniversary

The coincidence of the Centenary of Granados’ death in 2016 and the 150th Anniversary of his birth in 2017 provides a unique opportunity to re-discover and re-evaluate the important contributions of Enrique Granados to the musical world and to highlight the ties between his native Catalunya and the city of New York. An international committee is now actively working to organize and coordinate events commemorating the Granados Centenary around the world, including Walter A. Clark, Miriam Perandones Lozando, John Watson Milton, Mary Ann Newman, Mònica Pagès, Antoni Piza, Douglas Riva, and Anna Tonna.

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From Barcelona with Passion: Enrique Granados in New York

2016: The Hispanic Society of America has announced a series of three concerts of music by Granados in honor of the Granados Centenary and in recognition of the important relationship between Granados and the Hispanic Society of America. Enrique Granados and his wife, Amparo Gal, arrived in New York on December 15, 1915. Among the many important events during their visit to the city Granados received an honorary membership in the Hispanic Society of America and was presented by its founder and president, Archer Huntington, with the Silver Medal of Arts and Letters. Granados in turn inscribed a musical phrase on one of the columns in the central hall of the society´s building and he also gave the Hispanic Society the original manuscript of the vocal score of the opera Goyescas.

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