#IGRCSurrey Day 3 – Sunday, 20th March 2016.
Some very informative lectures and incredible playing this morning in the lecture-recitals @IGRC Research Conference 2016 . The wonderful Alberto Mesirca presented his research on the “The Discovery of the Guitar Works from the Sutro Collection, San Francisco State Library” and Bradley Colton presented “Ernst Bacon: Unearthed American Masterpieces for Guitar”. Both lectures were incredibly informative, introducing us to new and exciting additions to the classical guitar repertoire, which were played exceptionally well by the two presenters. Diego Castro Magas presented “From image to gesture: towards a gesture-based approach in performance practice of recent guitar”. Using Brian Ferneyhough’s ‘Kurze Schatten II'(1983-89) as a case study, Diego discussed his proposed gesture-based approach to the performance of recent (British) guitar music. Luciano Tortorelli presented “Paganini and the Guitar: ‘A Secret Love’, analyzing the connections between Niccolò Paganini and the guitar.
And that was all before lunch !
This afternoon, cello and guitar duo Kimberly Patterson & Patrick Sutton presented an in-depth discussion on the influences that shaped the composition of Stephen Goss’ “Park of Idols”. Chris Rainier then gave a fascinating presentation and performance on the use of the ‘Adapted Guitar no.1’ in the works of American microtonal composer, theorist and instrument-builder Harry Partch. To end the afternoon, Tillman Hoppstock gave a keynote lecture on his analysis of Bach’s PFA (BWV 998).
Two more great concerts today. At lunchtime, Michael Partington played a beautiful program including Albeniz, Johanson, and Goss. This evening, outstanding young guitarists Andrey Lebedev and Laura Snowden shared the program, playing works commissioned by the Julian Bream Trust.