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Dec 23

Researching at University of Cambridge

The electronic music of Roberto Gerhard

This is the project that the University of Huddersfield will run from Jan 2012 – Dec 2012. The AHRC are funding £146,000 for to produce research outputs that will include a book, a cd of works, journal articles, conference papers and a complete catalogue of the tapes and electronic works. The first 3 months will be in Cambridge working on the collection and the remaining nine months will be working on the catalogue and other research outputs. One of these outputs is on 24-26 of April, with the 2nd International Conference Roberto Gerhard, host in Barcelona and Valls, and organised by the University of Huddersfield.

This research project will examine the electronic music of Roberto Gerhard. Gerhard received a number of prestigious commissions, including the BBC, Koussevitsky Foundation and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. By undertaking the first academic study of Gerhard’s electronic music produced between 1954-66 we will compare Gerhard’s achievements as a composer of both acoustic and electronic music to those of his European counterparts; position his work relative to the other UK-based pioneers of electronic music (Oram, Cary and Derbyshire); and provide an important insight into the unique circumstances associated with the development of electronic music in the UK during the early 1950s, not least the lack of establishment support.

The research team is:

Dr. Monty Adkins: Composer and Professor of Experimental Electronic Music and Head of Research for the Music Department

Dr. Carlos Duque: Composer and Research Fellow

Sr. Gregorio García Karman: Research Associate