Master in Classical Guitar Performance
NOTICE: This programme has ended - registration is no longer possible
Start date: 02/01/2015
End date: 30/06/2015
Fees: 8000€ (applications: 100€)
Master en Interpretación de Guitarra Clásica
ALICANTE AND THE CLASSICAL GUITAR
The classical guitar or Spanish guitar has had, for five centuries, a very intense relationship with the Spanish part of the Mediterranean Sea. This relationship has been particularly noticeable in Alicante from the nineteenth century up to the present, being the land where important guitarists and teachers were born or established themselves.
Testimony of this legacy are guitarists and institutions that are part of the history of the classical guitar such as Trinidad Huerta, Francisco Tárrega, la Orquesta Wagneriana de Alicante, Quintín Esquembre, José Tomás and José Luis González.
In recent decades, festivals and events dedicated to the guitar have taken place in the province of Alicante with extraordinary international impact, and students from all over the world come to Alicante to study guitar at the Conservatorio Superior de Música "Oscar Esplá".
Convinced that the classical guitar deserves to be on the highest level among the musical instruments, the University of Alicante organizes the Master in Classical Guitar Performance from January to June, in collaboration with the Alicante Town Hall and with the enthusiastic participation of a large number of people who love the guitar.
This master is a completely new experience offered to graduates and professional guitarists, a unique opportunity to improve their knowledge and practice of the instrument with professors selected from the most renowned virtuosi in the world, Manuel BARRUECO, David RUSSELL, Nigel NORTH, Hopkinson SMITH, Ignacio RODES, Carles TREPAT, Roberto AUSSEL, Shin-ichi FUKUDA and conductor José DE EUSEBIO.
The guitar interpretation programs, all taught in English and Spanish, cover topics such as The vihuela and baroque guitar repertoire, The music of J.S. Bach on plucked instruments, The guitar repertoire in the nineteenth century as well as that in the twentieth century, Guitar music from South America, Concertos for guitar and orchestra, The art of transcribing for guitar, Chamber music involving guitar and Performance and conducting practice for guitar soloists. Each module takes place over an intense week where the professors work individually and collectively with students. Each week starts with a recital offered by the professor which is open to the public.
As part of the training programme, the students in the Master will have the chance to perform as soloists on several occasions at different venues in the province of Alicante, under the supervision of the master professors.
To provide training focused on the interpretation of the guitar repertoire through one-to-one and group lessons taught by top virtuosi.
To develop technical procedures that allow mastery of the instrument.
To acquire a wide musical knowledge and to enable the application of appropriate instrumental resources.
Students can choose between two options. The first one involves a permanent residence in Alicante from January to June, living in accommodation located in the old quarter of the city especially assigned by the Alicante Town Hall. The second option allows, exceptionally, that students who cannot stay in Alicante during the entire period, reside in the city for about two weeks a month, from January to June.
Students whose native language is not Spanish may continue intensive Spanish courses at the University of Alicante, in such a way as to ensure that at the end of the master, their Spanish skills enable them to cope professionally in a language spoken by over five hundred million people.
Courses focusing their studies on solo guitar performance and tecnique:
The vihuela and baroque guitar repertoire
The music of JS Bach on plucked instruments
The guitar repertoire in the nineteenth century
The spanish guitar repertoire in the twentieth century
The non spanish guitar repertoire in the twentieth century
Guitar music from South America
Concertos for guitar and orchestra
The art of transcribing for guitar
Each course takes place over an intense week, from Monday to Saturday, where the professors work individually and collectively with students. Each week starts with a recital offered by the professor which is open to the public.
Each students will have two one-to-one lessons and there will be two seminars covering theoretical approaches to performance.
Course of chamber music involving guitar:
A weekly course (12 hours) about the works for guitar in chamber music.
Course of performance and conducting practice for guitar soloists:
A weekly course (12 hours) about the guitar as a soloist instrument and its integration in the orchestra. Practice of rehearsal.
Course of neuroscience and physiology in the instrumental practice:
A weekly course (12 hours) about the physiological aspects involved in instrumental performance, stress and emotions and their influence on instrumental practice.
Research work on some specific aspect of the history of the guitar.
A student recital in June (30 minutes long).
Each student will offer two performances, the first one as soloist, 30 minutes long, and the second one will be a concert of chamber music.
Students must be in Alicante on Friday January 9th, 2015 for a planning meeting. Calendar 2014. Calendar 2015 soon.
Courses on solo guitar perfomance and tecnique
MODULE 1: The vihuela and baroque guitar repertoire.
Vihuela books. Features of the repertoire. Style procedures. Ornamentation.
The four-course guitar. Features of the repertoire.
The baroque guitar. National Schools. Style procedures. Ornamentation.
MODULE 2: The music of J.S. Bach on plucked instruments.
Instrumental music by J. S. Bach. Style procedures. Ornamentation.
Suites for violin(BWV 1001-1006)
Cello Suites (BWV 1007-10012)
Other instrumental works (BWV 995-999)
MODULE 3: The guitar repertoire in the nineteenth century.
Precedents of the nineteenth century Spanish guitar school. The works by Fernando Sor and Dionisio Aguado. Style procedures
The Spanish school in the second half of the nineteenth century. Francisco Tárrega. Style procedures
Other European schools.
MODULE 4: The spanish guitar repertoire in the twentieth century.
The "Homenaje a Debussy" by M. Falla and the significance of Miguel Llobet.
The guitar repertoire between 1900 and 1925.
The guitar and the Spanish "Generation of 27".
The significance of Andrés Segovia and his influence on composers.
Essential works of the twentieth century.
MODULE 5: The non spanish guitar repertoire in the twentieth century.
Essential works of the twentieth century.
MODULE 6: Guitar music from South America.
The influence of the Spanish masters in the development of the guitar during the first part of the twentieth century in South America.
The guitar technique in the School of Rio de la Plata.
Influence of popular music.
Essential works of the twentieth century in South America.
MODULE 7: Concertos for guitar and orchestra.
Concertos for lute and orchestra from the eighteenth century.
Concertos for guitar and orchestra from the nineteenth century.
Concertos for guitar and orchestra in the first half of the twentieth century.
Concertos for guitar and orchestra from 1950 to present times.
MODULE 8: The art of transcribing for guitar.
Technical approach for transcribing.
The harpsichord repertoire in the seventeenth and eighteenth century.
The piano repertoire in the nineteenth century.
Spanish nationalism around 1900. Works by Isaac Albéniz and Enrique Granados.
MODULE 9: Chamber music involving guitar. Professor: Ignacio Rodes
Chamber music involving plucked instruments before nineteenth century.
Trios for guitar.
MODULE 10: Performance and conducting practice for guitar soloists. Professor: José de Eusebio
The guitar as a soloist instrument and its integration in the orchestra.
The practice of rehearsal.
Public performance and recording of the works for guitar and orchestra. Recording techniques with a recod producer.
The relationship between the soloist, the composer and the conductor before a First Performance. Conducting practice with a soloist.
MODULE 11: Neuroscience and physiology in the instrumental practice. Professor: Victor Candia
Overview of the musicians' brain and the physiological aspects involved in instrumental performance.
Musicians' injuries and movement disorders, prevention strategies.
Stress and emotions and their influence on instrumental practice.
Syllabus for the modern performer according to physiology and neuroscience knowledge.
The Master in Classical Guitar Performance has in mind both graduate students and professionals wishing to improve their skills to the highest level of interpretation.
Only 15 candidates
will be selected to participate in the Master. They should hold either a university or equivalent degree.
Enrolment and tuition fees
The tuition fees for the III Master in Classical Guitar is 8000 EUR. It includes tuition, materials, concerts and conferences organized by the Master and all the rights corresponding to students of the University of Alicante, plus administrative fees (35€).
The issuance of diploma involves administrative fees. This administrative fee is approved by the Board of the University of Alicante, published on the website of the Doctoral & Postgraduate Studies Centre (ContinUA) of the University of Alicante.
Tuition fees are expected to be paid in advance. It can be paid directly after the communication of acceptance or by installments within the following deadlines: 1st) 3,000 EUR at the time of enrollment, 2nd) 2,500 EUR before September, 30th, 3rd) 2,500 EUR before November, 30th.
Subsequently, and in order to be accepted as student at the University of Alicante, candidates must present originals or authenticated copies. If documents are not in Spanish, English, French or Portuguese, must be accompanied by a sworn translation into Spanish. The originals or authenticated copies should be provided before the beginning of the Master when you are in Alicante.
Students may enjoy the following facilities:
Possibilities, advantages and services offered as a student at the University of Alicante.
Living in Historic San Roque Building for a monthly rental price about 105-260 EUR, offered by Alicante City Council and managed by Alicante Housing Department.
Free admission to the concerts of Ciclo de Guitarra Clásica de Alicante.
Free admission to the concerts organized by Sociedad de Conciertos de Alicante.
Applying and deadlines for submitting the application
To participate in the selection process, you must submit the application form and the payment of 100 EUR for application reviewing (non-reimbursed) by bank transfer. The deadline for applications for III Master in Classical Guitar Performance (2015) is June 30th, 2014.
The selection committee will consider all applications, based on the documentation provided, and will select candidates to study the master.
If it is neccesary, the selection committee may recommend opening a second phase of applications from June 30th to July, 20th.
Please be aware that if you need to apply for a visa, the procedure could be slow. Therefore, we do recommend to start the admission procedure as soon as possible.
Application procedure: Requested documentation
In order to be able to participate in the selection process, the following documents, either in Spanish or English, should be sent by e-mail to the Master Secretariat email@example.com together with the application form:
A copy of the University Degree translated into Spanish or into English if issued in another language. Applicants should normally have obtained an undergraduate Degree, or international equivalent, as a result of completing a minimum of three or four years in a music college or university music department.
Alien to the EHEA not approved foreign higher education qualification. This degree requires a favourable technical report by Doctoral & Postgraduate Studies Centre (continUA) of the University of Alicante. The report will be issued once closed the deadline for applications, pursuant to the provided documentation.
A copy of the university academic record (transcripts).
Copy of ID or Passport.
Curriculum Vitae (Spanish or English)
A recommendation letter.
A video recording of approximately 20 minutes including an interpretation of works of at least two different styles. The recording may include complete works, parts or movements of larger works.
Completed application form.
A copy of the transfer form (or a screenprint if the transaction was made online).*
Bank: Banco SabadellCam
Address: Campus Universitario
03690 San Vicente del Raspeig. Alicante. España
Account name: Fundación General Universidad Alicante
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IBAN: ES37 0081 3191 4800 0102 2912
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Professor at Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, United States.
Visiting professor at Royal Academy of Music, London.
Professor at Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Switzerland.
Professor at Early Music Institute at Indiana University, United States.
Professor at Conservatorio Superior de Música "Oscar Esplá" de Alicante, Spain.
Visiting professor at Osaka College of Music.
Visiting professor at Shangai Conservatory of Music.
Professor at Hochschule für Musik Kóln, Germany.
Professor in seminars and master classes at international festivals.
José de Eusebio
Psychologist, clinical neuroscientist and researcher at Zürich University of the Arts and Collegium Helveticum of the University and ETH Zürich.
Director: Juan Antonio Roche Cárcel
Academic advisory board:
Ignacio RODES (Director).
Hopkinson SMITH, Nigel NORTH, Manuel BARRUECO, Carles TREPAT, Roberto AUSSEL, David RUSSELL y José DE EUSEBIO.
ESCUELA DE NEGOCIOS FUNDACIÓN GENERAL UNIVERSIDAD DE ALICANTE
Edificio Germán Bernácer
03690. San Vicente del Raspeig. Alicante
Tel: +34 965 90 9373 / +34 965 90 9448