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Professor Walter Clark Granted Knighthood by Spanish Consulate


By Chloe Rodriguez, Dean's Office Student Intern
November 30, 2016

Walter Aaron Clark, Professor of Musicology and Founder/Director of UCR's Center for Iberian and Latin American Music, has been granted a knighthood by King Felipe VI of Spain. The Spanish Consul General of Los Angeles, Francisco Javier Vallaure y Acha, will come to campus on Friday to bestow on him the title of Comendador de la Orden de Isabel la Católica (​Knight Commander, of the Order of Isabella the Catholic). "This is the greatest honor I could hope to receive" Prof. Clark states, "It is one of the highest awards that the Spanish government can give to a non-Spaniard, and it is the ultimate validation of my life's work." It's an honor in recognition of his numerous books, articles, and lectures on Spanish music, as well as his activities as editor and organizer in promoting Spanish culture. He started studying Spanish music at the age of fourteen  as a guitarist, and he has spent the last quarter century working as a music scholar in this area, making numerous trips to Spain to conduct original research. "Something I am passionate about is not just Spanish music but also its literature, art, and history," says Clark. He admits that he is far from having finished his work, but he is very grateful to receive this recognition for the work he has thus far completed.

In 1992 Walter Clark received his doctorate in musicology from UCLA. He then taught at the University of Kansas for ten years, starting in 1993. A decade later he came to UCR as a tenured full professor and has been here ever since.


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