The Barcelona Municipal Band to perform an adaptation of ‘Canigó’ with music by Fèlix Martínez Comín, together with pieces by Ventura and Casals
Fèlix Martínez Comín was one of the greatest composers of sardanes of the 20th century. His music, in fact, represented a widening of the genre, through complex orchestral pieces that took it beyond the limitations of the traditional instrumentation of the Catalan cobla. But his most ambitious project, though not really a satdana as such, was his attempt to set “Canigó”, the greatest poem of the Catalan revival by Jacint Verdaguer, to music. This piece will now be performed by the Municipal Band of Barcelona in a free concert at Plaça del Rei on 9 June.
This performance, which will be conducted by Beatriz Fernández, will feature the voices of Pepo Blasco (reciting) and Marta Valero (soprano). The concert will also feature pieces by Francesc Pujol (“Avant per la pàtria”), Joan Lamote de Grignon (“Scherzo sobre un tema popular catalán”), Pep Ventura (“Per tu ploro, sardana”) and Pau Casals (“Sant Martí del Canigó”).
These are sardanes with an especially potent musical and emotional charge. Admission to the concert is free of charge and represents one way to pay tribute to the particular genius of Jacint Verdaguer.
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