Roberto Gerhard (1896-1970)

Although Roberto Gerhard (1896-1970) never authored a monograph himself, holding semi-regular reviewer posts at the beginning of his career, he left a significant corpus of writings in the form of contributions to newspapers, journals and magazines, as well as extensive correspondence. His broadcasts for the BBC on musical topics between the late 1940s and the mid-1960s can also be regarded as intimately connected to his writings: together, they offer further insight into how Gerhard’s thoughts on his own work, on musical modernism and on national tradition developed through his studies in Berlin and Vienna under Arnold Schoenberg (1923-1928), his early career in pre-Civil War Barcelona (1928-1936), his political involvement in favour of the Spanish Second Republic during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and, finally, his exile in Cambridge (1940-1970), where he went from writing incidental music for the BBC and ballet and theatre companies to receiving worldwide recognition as a serialist composer and pioneer of electroacoustic music from the mid-1950s.

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