We at the Foundation for Iberian Music are very proud of composer Antoni Parera Fons, who has just been awarded the 2016 Premio Nacional de Música (National Award for Music). The Spanish government awards two prizes annually, one for creation (composition) and one for interpretation (such as performance or musicology). In addition to the prestige, recipients are awarded 30,000 euros.
Parera received the Foundation’s Composer’s Commission in 2008, for which he composed Mentum
This week, Teresa Fraile gave a lecture at the Graduate Center on the arrival of rock music in Spain. Fraile is Professor of Didactics of Music at Universidad de Extremadura (Spain), president of Sibe (Sociedad de Etnomusicología), and past visiting scholar at the Foundation for Iberian Music.
Her lecture looked at the infrequently explored relationship between Spain and the US when it comes to the development of rock music. Many assume that the Franco regime did not allow foreign trends, according to Fraile, but she argues that in spite of Franco’s reign, Spanish popular music received many varied foreign influences