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Perspectives on Joaquín Rodrigo Ten Years after his Death

Graham Wade, the undisputed world expert on the life and works of Joaquín Rodrigo, opens the 2009 Rodrigo Festival with a talk on the composer and his legacy, discussing aspects of Rodrigo research 1999-2009 and the widening awareness of Rodrigo’s contribution to Spanish and European music.

The reputation of Joaquín Rodrigo has been consolidated since his death ten years ago in the wide variety of publications, recordings and films devoted to his life and music. His central role in Spanish music of the second half of the 20th century is now being evaluated and the immense stature of his vast output is increasingly becoming appreciated.

‘Author Graham Wade has become [Rodrigo’s] Boswell…’ Classic FM Magazine

Graham Wade, the undisputed expert on the life and works of Joaquín Rodrigo both in the UK and worldwide, opens the 2009 Rodrigo Festival with a talk on the composer and his legacy. A regular author of programme and liner notes on the composer, Wade’s research culminated in his 2006 book Joaquín Rodrigo: Travelling to Aranjuez. In his talk, Wade will examine Rodrigo’s position ten years after his death, and will discuss the 21st century future of this consummately 20th-century artist.

Graham Wade, a graduate of Jesus College, Cambridge, a Fellow of Trinity College of Music, London, and formerly Head of Strings at City of Leeds College of Music, is acknowledged as one of the foremost international writers on classical guitar, and aspects of Spanish music and culture including the life and works of Joaquín Rodrigo. His publications include highly-acclaimed biographical studies of Segovia, Rodrigo, Bream and Bachauer, as well as books on guitar history. He has written liner notes for record companies such as Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, Naxos and RCA, and conducted guitar seminars at conservatories and festivals worldwide. In 2002 he was awarded the Schott Gold Medal for his contribution to Rodrigo studies. Graham Wade is an Advisory Editor for British and American editions of The New Grove Dictionary and for many years wrote programme notes for Segovia and Bream.

N.B. Lecture in English.

Part of the ILAMS October Rodrigo Festival.


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Date and Time:

1 October 2009 at 7:00 pm


1 hour



Canning House
2 Belgrave Square
020 7235 2303 ext. 2
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