New Approaches to the Music of José de Nebra

19 April 2012:  The Foundation for Iberian Music presents a lecture-recital by Professor Luis Antonio González about the keyboard music of Spanish composer José de Nebra.  In the discussing performance-practice issues related to Nebra and the Spanish Baroque repertoire, Dr. González will provide many examples on the harpsichord and will use visual tools to illustrate his presentation.  Audio recordings of historically informed performances will also be used.

New Approaches to the Music of José de Nebra

Thursday, April 19, 2012
6 pm, Room 3389
The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY  10016
Free and Open to the Public

Luis Antonio González’s presentation will take as a point of departure the only extant autograph score for the keyboard by José de Nebra, an edition of which he is currently preparing. Dr. González will explore the multifarious creative processes of Nebra as reflected in his manuscripts, including score and notation alterations, amendments, revisions, etc. In his music Nebra manifests the influences of Handel, Couperin, and Scarlatti, among others, showing the assimilation and the appropriation of the so-called international style.  Nebra’s case is similar to other central-European composers of the same period.

Luis Antonio González is an internationally renowned scholar, organist, harpsichordist, and conductor.  As the musical director of Los Músicos de su Alteza, he has performed all over the world.  He is one of the foremost scholars in Spanish Baroque music and has received the prizes “Rafael Mitjana” (1988) for musicology and “King Don Juan Carlos I” for the Humanities.

He studied at the Zaragoza conservatory and later at University of Bologna, where he obtained his doctorate.  He is a research professor at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas or CSIC (Barcelona).  His research is devoted to seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Spanish music.  He has published editions of the most outstanding Spanish Baroque composers for the theater.  He is also the editor-in-chief of the respected academic journal Anuario Musical and has taught music courses and seminars at the Oviedo University, Autónoma de Barcelona, and Politécnica de Valencia, among others.