Colleague from SALC awarded honorary doctorate
(30 March 2017)
Earlier this month Professor Barry Cooper, from the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, received an honorary doctorate from the University of Tucumán in Argentina. While in Tucumán to receive his award, Barry also attended the Argentinian première of his reconstruction of Beethoven’s unfinished Tenth Symphony.
Barry then travelled to the University of Córdoba, where he gave a number of seminars which discussed aspects of Beethoven’s music, including Barry’s edition of Beethoven’s piano sonatas, Beethoven’s composing methods and uses of silence in his compositions, and Barry’s approach to reconstructing Beethoven’s Tenth Symphony from the composer’s sketches.
As part of the 2017 Season Opening concerts held by the Liberator Theatre in Córdoba, the Academic Orchestra also performed Barry’s work. Its Scottish director, Finlay Ferguson, argued that Barry’s work is very special, commenting: "This is like interpreting something new. For us it is perhaps the most important and transcendental event in musical terms that we have had during the almost 12 years of our existence as a space for formation."
Both events were covered by articles and photographs in the Argentinian media, including an interview on TV in Córdoba.