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Roberto Gerhard
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‘His death not only reduced that dwindling band of living musicians who had had the privilege of attending Schoenberg's master classes in Vienna, but also - and more importantly - deprived the musical world of a supreme craftsman with a unique inventive gift and richness of imagination.’
Ates Orga


Roberto Gerhard was born on 25 September 1896 in Valls, a small inland town in the Tarragona district of Catalonia. After studying piano with Granados and composition with Pedrell, he studied with Schoenberg in Vienna and Berlin from 1923 until 1928. It was during this time that Schoenberg was developing his own method of composition with twelve tones, a technique which was inevitably to affect Gerhard's own. In 1931 Gerhard took up the post of Professor of Music at the Escola Normal de la Generalitat in Barcelona, and served as head of the music department of the Catalan Library. After the defeat of the Republic in the Civil War he was offered a research studentship at King's College and left Spain to settle in Cambridge. He spent some time teaching in America in 1960 at the University of Michigan, and again in 1961 at the Berkshire Music Center, Tanglewood, before returning to Cambridge where he worked until his death as a freelance composer, no longer attached to the University.

In the 1960s he received many commissions, notably from the BBC (Symphony No.2, Hymnody, The Plague, and Libra), and in America from the Koussevitzky Foundation (Symphony No.3), the New York Philharmonic Orchestra (Symphony No.4), and the Hopkins Center, Dartmouth (Leo). With an increase in commercial recordings and concert performances, Gerhard's music became more widely known, bringing him the rewards denied to him for nearly half a century. He died in 1970, at the age of 73.

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Concert for Eight
Conductor's score and parts on hire
Roberto Gerhard
978-0-19-356741-2
31 March 1969
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Concerto for Orchestra
Conductor's score and parts on hire
Roberto Gerhard
978-0-19-363602-6
31 March 1969
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Epithalamion
Conductor's score and parts on hire
Roberto Gerhard
978-0-19-363610-1
31 March 1969
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Hymnody
Conductor's score and parts on hire
Roberto Gerhard
978-0-19-356752-8
31 March 1969
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Leo
Conductor's score and parts on hire
Roberto Gerhard
978-0-19-363604-0
12 August 1969
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Libra
Conductor's score and parts on hire
Roberto Gerhard
978-0-19-356762-7
17 June 1969
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Symphony No. 3
Collages
Conductor's score and parts on hire
Roberto Gerhard
978-0-19-363619-4
17 August 1970
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Symphony No. 4
New York
Conductor's score and parts on hire
Roberto Gerhard
978-0-19-363615-6
31 March 1969
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The Akond of Swat
Percussion part on hire
Roberto Gerhard
978-0-19-346690-6
10 October 1974
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The Plague (La Peste)
Vocal and instrumental scores and parts on hire
Roberto Gerhard
978-0-19-336343-4
31 March 1969
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