Wed@Noon: Walter Clark

Wed@Noon: Walter Clark

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Location: Arts Building Music Rehearsal Hall, ARTS 157

Paco de Lucia’s Entre dos aguas and the Politics of Rehabilitation in Franco’s Spain
Lecture by Walter Aaron Clark, Professor of Musicology, UC Riverside

This lecture explores the intersection of music and politics during the dictatorship of Francisco Franco in Spain, 1936-75. It surveys the role that the Spanish avant-garde played in rehabilitating Spain's international reputation, even as other Spanish composers continued to write in a more traditionally nationalist style that dovetailed with the regime's conservative ideology. However, it was the advent of "flamenco fusion" (Nuevo Flamenco) and Paco de Lucia's revolutionary Entre dos aguas in 1975 that heralded Spain’s emergence from isolation and entry into the mainstream of contemporary popular culture.

Walter Aaron Clark received an M.A. in classical guitar at UCSD, where he was a student of Pepe Romero. He subsequently earned a Ph.D. in musicology from UCLA. He is the author of books on Spanish composers Isaac Albéniz, Enrique Granados, and Federico Moreno Torroba, all published by Oxford University Press. He is also the editor or co-editor of several books on Spanish and Latin American music, and he edits the Oxford series Currents in Latin American and Iberian Music.

Free and open to the campus

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