Presented by the festival artists, MIGF lectures provide students and all community members opportunities to expand their understanding of a variety of musical subjects. Each lecture is free and open to public; virtual lectures can also be viewed online with free registration.
Guitarist and President of Guitar Foundation of America Martha Masters will present a lecture on Music Business. Business of Music is continuously changing and evolving, and a knowledge of how to deal with it is a most precious tool in any performing musician’s toolkit. In this lecture, Ms. Masters will share some of her insights on various aspects of music business.
In his virtual lecture Writing for the guitar – an introduction for composers, guitarist-composer Federico Bonacossa will discuss several approaches for writing for the guitar in an effective way. Topics discussed will include alternative tunings, harmonics, notation, polyphonic writing, and extended techniques.
Guitarist Bahar Ossareh will present a lecture on Introduction to Traditional Persian Music. She will introduce different characteristics of Persian music such as melodic modes (Dastgah), melody figures (Radif), and rhythmic cycles (Igha’), as well as various forms, such as prelude (Pishdaramad), improvisational (Avaz) and composed (Tasnif). She will discuss the importance of microtones in Persian music and will present examples of different modes and forms in a typical Iranian traditional performance.
Baroque specialist and classical mandolin virtuoso Caterina Lichtenberg will present a lecture on Baroque Ornamentation. She will explain and demonstrate various instrumental ornamentation commonly used in Baroque performance practice.
Guitarist Koh Kazama will present his lecture on Transcribing Bach for Guitar: A look into Bach’s manuscripts and own transcriptions. When studying and performing Johann Sebastian Bach’s solo violin or cello works on the guitar, some questions may arise: should we add bass notes? How would Bach have transcribed this piece on guitar? How would it have been performed during his time? Referring to Bach’s manuscripts can reveal performance implications that modern published guitar transcriptions lack. In addition, Bach’s own transcriptions of other works can serve as models for how he would have made a guitar transcription of one of his violin or cello works. Using Bach’s Violin Sonata No. 2, BWV 1003 as a case study, I will present the process of approaching guitar transcriptions of Bach’s work from a historically informed perspective.
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