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Joaquín Rodrigo: Music, Life and Literature

28 Feb 2018 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Luis Vives Hall



Joaquín Rodrigo was not only the most important Spanish composer of the second half of the 20th century. He had a remarkable knowledge of history and literature, and was a writer of great distinction. In addition to his astonishing output of music, which includes one of the best-loved of all works in the repertoire, the Concierto de Aranjuez for guitar and orchestra, he wrote prolifically on many subjects. These range from the from the history of music in Spain, to composers such as Mozart, Brahms, Verdi, Stravinsky and Villa-Lobos, among others. There are also fascinating commentaries on his own music, as well as several illuminating insights into his artistic and personal beliefs.

Raymond Calcraft and Elizabeth Matthews are the authors of the recently published book, Joaquín Rodrigo Voice & Vision, which contains the first translations into English of many of the composer’s most important writings. The talk will be illustrated with readings from the book, together with several examples of music by Rodrigo himself, and by others, set within the context of the life and times of the composer.


28 Feb 2018
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Luis Vives Hall
Embassy of Spain 39, Chesham Place
London, United Kingdom
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