ROBERT M. STEVENSON (1916-2012)
It is my sad duty to report the death of Robert M. Stevenson (1916-2012), certainly one of the leading musicologists of the latter half of the twentieth century and a preeminent figure in the advancement of Ibero-American musicological research.
Dr. Stevenson passed away at 10:45 p.m. on December 22, at a nursing home in Santa Monica. He’d been struggling with assorted ailments since last July and was in various hospitals and healthcare facilities from early August to the end. He put up a very good fight and came back from death’s door several times, but at age 96, it was a losing battle.
Per Dr. Stevenson’s request, there will be no memorial service. He will be cremated and his ashes placed alongside those of his siblings in Washington, D.C. A fuller obituary will follow soon.
Walter A. Clark
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SYMPOSIUM: SPANISH MUSICS AND THEIR [WESTERN] OTHERS: NEGOTIATING IDENTITY AND EXOTICISM
Friday 7–Saturday 8 December 2012
Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Full Programme at the Symposium Website: http://www.conservatorium.unimelb.edu.au/SpanishMusicSymposium
Western Music and entertainment have drawn on features of Spanish music and dance for over 200 years, building on them as cornerstones of musical exoticism. These constructions of musical exoticism have in turn informed different manifestations of Spanish musical nationalism, as well as regional and popular musics of Spain.
This Symposium brings together scholars from around the world to reflect on Spain’s unique position in the enactment of musical and cultural identity. The papers explore themes that span a range of periods, genres and musical styles, from opera and flamenco to dance and film, and encompass approaches including historical musicology, cultural studies and performance practice.
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