Lord Walter Clark Has Been Knighted

The title of Knight Commander is one of the higher ranks of knighthood

Walter Clark was knighted on Dec. 2, 2016. Pepe Romero, a Spanish classical and flamenco guitarist, played during the ceremony. Photo by Carrie Rosema

Walter A. Clark, professor of music history at UC Riverside, has been awarded one of the highest honors a civilian can be granted by Spain – a knighthood. Clark is the first professor on the UCR campus to be granted a knighthood by Spain.

The Spanish consul general in Los Angeles, Francisco Javier Vallaure de Acha, informed Clark that King Felipe VI of Spain has conferred on him the title of Comendador de la Orden de Isabel la Católica (Commander of the Order of Isabella the Catholic). The title of Knight Commander is one of the higher ranks of knighthood and entitles Clark to be addressed as “Lord.”

“There are no words to describe how honored and elated I am to receive this recognition by the Spanish government,” said Clark, who has devoted his career to studying Spanish and Latin American music.

“I fell in love with Spanish music at age 14, and at that moment I knew this was my life’s calling,” Clark said. “So, to be honored by those who know their culture, music, and language best—to know that they respect and value my work—means that my labors have not been in vain.”

Pepe Romero performed Spanish classics on the guitar during the ceremony.


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