The centennial celebration of the most important Catalan composer of the 20th century was celebrated through a series of concerts, masterclasses, expositions, and the presentation of a new biography. The exhibition traveled in Barcelona, Girona, and Madrid, Spain before making its way to New York in November and December of 2012. It focused on three key elements in order to provide a rounded view of his life and work.
His first musical instrument symbolized his musical upbringing, which was encouraged by an open-minded and receptive family, eager to take in the major cultural influences of the day.
His favorite seat in the Palau de la Música was also his post of observation. This was the place from which, as a critic, he listened to hundreds of concerts that no doubt exerted an influence on his career as a composer.
This was his instrument of choice, whether composing vocal, chamber, or orchestral works.
The documentary presented during the celebration of Montsalvatge's centennial also focused on those three key symbols. Filmed in New York, Madrid, Barcelona, and Paris, the documentary takes you through a journey to understand the man behind the music. (Documentary clip available is in spanish.)
Televisió de Catalunya
Xavier Montsalvatge: A Celebration in Music and Dance
Tenor and Artistic Director
Pianist and Music Director
Dancer and Choreographer
Interpreted by The Musical Ensemble Suite Hispania
In this musical celebration and tribute to Montsalvatge, a series of his works were performed at the Repertorio Español in New York City. The show starred tenor Israel Lozano, pianist Ignacio Prego, violoncellist María Martínez, and dancer Nélida Tirado. Selections included were Evocación, Pastor Hacia el Puerto, Meus Irmans, and more.
Instituto Ramon Llull