Presented by the festival artists, the MIGF Lectures provide students and all community members opportunities to expand their understanding of a variety of musical subjects. Lectures are open to public.
Grammy-winner John Schneider will present the music in just intonation by Lou Harrison, Harry Partch, Terry Riley and others, on the National Steel guitar, Classical “Switchboard” guitar, and the Partch Adapted Guitar I, as part of his concert-lecture.
Luthier and director of the legendary Ramirez Guitars Workshop Amalia Ramirez presents a lecture outlining the trajectory of the Ramirez Dynast as guitar makers, the generations that have led the business, the relationship and collaboration between Segovia and Ramirez, and the instruments they have built and are building today.
Early music specialist Dr. Robert Trent presents an Introduction to Interpretation and Improvisation in guitar music of the early nineteenth-century. Improvisation has always been a part of music making in all cultures and of all epochs. Why then has the practice of improvisation largely disappeared from the performance of classical/romantic era musics? This session will focus on evidence of improvisation as found in the documents and literature of nineteenth-century guitarist-composers. In addition, the interpretation of music of the same era will be explicated as those, who composed and performed it, wrote on the subject.
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