Scott Wolf interviews Dr. Walter Aaron Clark
Let me introduce you to musicologist and classical guitarist Dr. Walter Aaron Clark. Dr. Clark is the founder and director of the Center for Iberian and Latin American Music at the University of California, Riverside, where he is currently on the faculty. Additionally Walter is an accomplished guitarist, holding bachelors and master’s degrees in classical guitar, his M.A. earned studying with Pepe Romero. He’s written numerous books and articles on all our favorites, most recently Tórroba and Albeñiz.
For those of you out there that want music, and probably guitar, to be part of your primary career path, but are looking into alternatives to being a touring concert artist or teacher music history might be the way to go. Walter is a great example of this career choice, as he has been able to maintain his connection to the guitar world by writing about many classical guitarists’ most beloved composers.
On the show today Dr. Clark will discuss the life of a guitarist-musicologist, we will hear some interesting history about Albeñiz’s piece, which is incorrectly titled Asturias (Leyenda), and for those of you who love Spanish music but a little tired of the same old repertoire, Walter gives us some suggestions for new transcriptions and arrangements in the substantial repertoire of Spanish light opera, Zarzuela.