Instrument of Change: The International Rise of Guitar
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