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Instrument of Change: The International Rise of Guitar
Fri., 09/12/2016, 2:00 pm – Sun., 11/12/2016, 5:45 pm AEDT
The rise and international dissemination of the modern guitar can be dated to the decades around the turn of the 20th 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 20th century.
The program will feature over forty papers from local and international speakers, a concert, and an exhibition at the Percy Grainger Museum.
Kevin Dawe (University of Kent): "The guitar in world history (c.1870-1945)"
Walter Clark (University of California, Riverside): "Going cucú for Aranjuez: Sources of musical inspiration and influence in Joaquín Rodrigo's most famous work"
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"
Conference convenors: Dr Michael Christoforidis and Dr Ken Murray
CONCERTS (No Bookings required):
Instruments of Change.Doug de Vries and friends. Friday 9 December, 7.30pm
Visions of Spain. Gerard Mapstone and friends. Saturday 10 December, 8.00pm