Felip Pedrell's imprint on the most significant composers in the country in the first half of the last century (Manuel de Falla and Robert Gerhard) is well known. The life in exile of these two composers includes several tributes to their maestro: in the case of Falla, Pedrelliana, the last of his tributes, and in the case of Gerhard, the symphony entitled, Homenatge a Pedrell (Tribute to Pedrell), composed in Cambridge on the occasion of the centenary of Pedrell’s birth and unpublished, in its full version, until 1972. This symphony recovers elements from the opera La Celestina, by Pedrell (1904), a work that had never been performed. Carry on reading
Gerhard’s Sis cançons populars catalanes (Six Catalan Popular Songs) premiered under the composer’s baton accompanied by soprano Concepció Badia, in 1931, at the Palau de la Música with the Pau Casals Orchestra. Here, traditional music is another element in a rich sound mosaic that carries it closer to avant-garde concerns from a completely personal perspective.
Chopin’s Prelude Op. 28 no. 7 served as a starting point for Frederic Mompou to begin his Variations on a theme by Chopin, a magnum opus in his piano catalogue and orchestrated by Josep Soler.