Robert Matthew-Walker, noted English music writer, editor, producer, broadcaster and composer, will be at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts Sept. 12-14, 2012, for a mini-residency that will include four free public lectures on the theme “Musical Communication in the Modern World.” He will discuss the importance of historical recordings, composers he has known, and issues involved in writing about music, among other topics.
Matthew-Walker is the editor of Musical Opinion and its sister publication The Organ. Musical Opinion is among the oldest music journals to be published in the UK, having been continuously in production since 1877 when it reviewed Brahms’ then-new Second Symphony. He also served as editor of the magazine Music and Musicians. His catalog of 16 published books encompasses an exceptionally diverse range of topics—Rachmaninoff to Elvis Presley, Mahler to Madonna.
He has served as head of the classical music departments at both CBS and RCA records in London. In addition, he founded several specialist classical labels, including Phoenix Records, Trax Records and AVM Classics–each of which has produced a best-selling classical album. During his career, he has produced over 130 albums, and won the Grand Prix du Disque of the Académie Charles-Cros.
Matthew-Walker studied composition with Darius Milhaud and has published over 150 original compositions in all major instrumental and vocal genres.
Lecture Series Details
“Musical Communication in the Modern World”
All four sessions are free, and no tickets are required. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact the SMU Division of Music at 214-768-1951.
Session Ia: The Significance of Historic Recordings, Part 1
Wednesday, September 12 at 1:00 p.m.
Caruth Auditorium in the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus
Matthew-Walker will discuss the study of historical recordings as an adjunct to the score, aiding one’s own approach and interpretation of music. Examples will be included.
Session Ib: The Significance of Historic Recordings, Part 2
Thursday, September 13 at 12:30 p.m.
Room 1060 in the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus
Further discussion of the study of historical recordings as an adjunct to the score, aiding one’s own approach and interpretation of music; targeted to music majors and pianists. Examples will be included.
Session II: Similar Cities: Delius’s “Paris,” Vaughan Williams’s “London Symphony” and Stravinsky’s “Petrushka”
Thursday, September 13 from 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Room 2020 in the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus
Matthew-Walker will address how one work influences others and discuss musicology in general.
Session III: The Composer and His World
Friday, September 14 at 12:00 p.m.
Choral Rehearsal Room 1080 in the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus
Matthew-Walker will talk about the composers he has known, how they approached their task as they saw it, and how he approaches writing music himself. He will also discuss how, as a journalist, he encourages composers to write about their own work – broadening the communication from music to other media.