January 2014

The Center for Iberian and Latin American Music at the University of California, Riverside, is pleased to announce the winner and honorable mention in the 2013 Otto Mayer-Serra Competition, for the best essay on Latin American music in either musicology or ethnomusicology. This annual competition honors the memory of the Spanish-Mexican musicologist Otto Mayer-Serra (1904-68) and seeks to continue his groundbreaking research on the music of Latin America. The OMS competition accepts submissions in Spanish or Portuguese. The winner receives a cash award of $1500, and his or her article will be published in Latin American Music Review.

This year’s judges reviewed numerous essays and were duly impressed by their high quality. Information about next year’s competition will be available in early 2014.

2013 Otto Mayer-Serra Competition Results


Bernardo Illari: “¿Una nueva y gloriosa nación? Retórica y subjetividad en la Marcha patriótica rioplatense de 1813.”

Honorable Mention

Julio Mendívil: “El imperio contraataca: La representación revivalista de la música incaica y los primeros brotes de nacionalismo en la musicología sobre la región andina.”

The Center for Iberian and Latin American Music is grateful to all those who submitted essays to this competition and looks forward to future contributions. It especially wishes to thank the three judges who reviewed the submissions:

John Koegel, chair (California State University, Fullerton)
Frederick Moehn (King’s College London)
Melanie Plesch (University of Melbourne)

Walter Aaron Clark
Professor of Musicology
Director, Center for Iberian and Latin American Music

University of California, Riverside

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FIMTE 12th Symposium on Spanish Keyboard Music “Diego Fernández”
Early Music Revivals and the Performance of Spanish Keyboard Music
Rafael Puyana. In Memoriam

Parador de Mojácar, Almería, 7 – 9 AUGUST 2014
The 12th International Symposium on Spanish Keyboard Music “Diego Fernández” will be held at the Parador of Mojácar, Almería, Andalusia, on the 7 to 9 August 2014, as part of FIMTE 2014: the 15th International Festival of Spanish Keyboard Music. The festival will feature  a full week of concerts, expert lectures, and workshops.
This symposium brings together academics and performers to investigate issues of performance practice across a range of styles. It draws on a range of expertise into past and current trends in performance of Spanish Keyboard Music.
Proposals for papers, lecture-concerts and concerts are encouraged in the following areas, but not limited to:

  • Early Music Revivals: Repertoire, Performers and Performance styles
  • Performance issues: ornamentation, articulation, sources, instruments

We welcome 200-250 word abstracts for 20-minute papers, as well as proposals for lecture-concerts (30-minutes) and concerts (one hour). Abstracts should be signed at the bottom with the author’s name, institutional affiliation or city of residence and full return address, including e-mail address and fax number where possible.
Official languages: English and Spanish.
Symposium fee (including Symposium dinner) EUR 170
Deadline for abstracts: 1st May 2014
For further information, please contact:

Luisa Morales
Apdo. 212 Garrucha 04630
Almería ESPAÑA
Tel: +34 610804486/950132621

FIMTE has a limited number of scholarships available, covering only the registration fees for the symposium and/or the workshop. Travel and accommodation costs must be borne by the applicant. To apply for the scholarship, submit a CV to the organization before May 1st.

· Hotel Mojácar Playa, 3 minutes walk from the Conference building. Rooms available from 45 to 60 euros night. Please, contact them directly: http://www.hotel-mojacar-playa.com, Tel. 34-950 472602; FAX 34-950 478940; e-mail: hotelmojacar@wanadoo.es
· Parador Nacional de Mojácar, where the conference is held. Rooms from 100 to 150 euros. Please, contact them directly: http://www.parador.es/en/portal.do , Tel. 34-950478250; FAX 34-950478183; e-mail: mojacar@parador.es 
Because this is a touristic destination, we strongly recommend you to book at least one month prior to the symposium.
· Airport: Almería is the nearest airport (90 km from Mojácar)
· Train: Almería Station (90 km) or Lorca Station (60 km)
· Bus: Vera or Mojacar Bus Station (connecting with Barcelona, Madrid, Granada, Murcia…)
A service of shuttles Almería-Mojácar would be available in the afternoon of the 7th August. Please, contact us well in advance to organize your transport.

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June 2-6, 2014

Fundamentals of Spanish Keyboard Music - 16th to early 19th centuries

DUKE UNIVERSITY, Biddle Music Building on East Campus

Instructors: Luisa Morales (FIMTE, Spain) - Robert Parkins (Duke University, USA)

Complete Program

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