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Gemma Salas Villar

Gemma Salas Villar

Visiting Scholar (February–March 2015)


Professor of History of Music, Composition and Music Theory Department, The Eduardo Martínez Torner Higher Conservatory of Music (CONSMUPA), Oviedo, Asturias, Spain.

She received her PhD and her Bachelor in Musicology and History of Arts from University of Oviedo, and her Bachelor in Piano and Chamber music in Eduardo Martínez Torner Higher Conservatory of Music. She has been researching and writing on Spanish nineteenth-century piano music, Spanish contemporary music, gender music and music education. She colaborated in Biographical Dictionary Spanish (Royal Academy of History, 2012) and the Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Spanish and Latin American Music (Ministery of Culture, SGAE and ICCMU, 2001).

Her current research involves Spanish nineteenth-century piano music, gender and performance studies.

Key Publications

The Isabel II piano (forthcoming)

”Pedro Pérez de Albéniz. Pianist and Teacher of Isabel II”. Symposium About Albéniz, The piano in Spain between 1830 and 1920, Journal of Musicology (Revista de Musicología, RdM),  fortcoming.

Educate with music. Teaching guide for the development of basic skills. Department of Education. Principality of Asturias, 2013.

Santiago de Masarnau y Pedro Albéniz: Spanish romantic piano. Madrid, ICCMU, 1999.

"Teaching piano during the first half of the s. XIX: Methods for piano". Nasarre, 14-2, 1999.

"Analysis of the piano ballad and related genders in the Spanish romantic piano". Journal of Musicology (Revista de Musicología, RdM),  23-1, 2005.

“The relationship between Santiago Masarnau and Frédéric Chopin through the waltz in a minor op. 34 no. 2”.  Journal of Musicology (RdM), XXXIII-1-2, 2010.

"The spread of romantic piano in Madrid (1830-1856 ". Printing and music publishing in Spain (ss. XVIII- XX), coord. Carlos Gosálvez and Begoña Lolo. Madrid, Autonomous University of Madrid, 2012.

“The teaching of history of music at the Royal Conservatory of Madrid". (Festchrift in honor of Royal Academican D. Ismael Fdez. de la Cuesta). Inter.-American Music Review, 18, 2008.

“The correspondence of Charles Valentin Alkan to Santiago de Masarnau (1834-1874)”. Cuadernos de música Iberoamericana, 20, 2010.

Music and musics. Department of Education. Principality of Asturias, 2009.

"Uses and functions of classical music in film by Peter Weir”.  Reflections on music and image from the Spanish musicology. Edited by Matilde Olarte. Salamanca, University of Salamanca, 2009.

“The reception of romanticism in Santiago Masarnau piano". Before Iberia: from Masarnau to Albéniz. Almería, FIMTE, 2008.