Treasures of The Library of Orfeó Català

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EVENTS AND PEOPLE

Once more, through the collection of programmes and the Llibre d’Or of the Orfeó Català, the prominence of the musicians that have presented their art at the Palau de la Música Catalana can be verified. This is just another example of the influence that this institution has had on the development of musical life in Barcelona.

 

Llibre d’or of the Orfeó Català

Orfeó Català. Album. 1896-1936. Manuscript, 43 f. (24 x 34 cm)

 

Llibre d’or of the Orfeó Català

Drawing of Antoni Gaudí. – [p. 27]

Llibre d’Or of the Orfeó Català

The VIP Guestbook of the Orfeó Català opens with the autograph poem El cant de la senyera by Joan Maragall, followed by its musical incipit written by Lluís Millet. It is an album of dedications that illustrates the qualitative and quantitative scope of the relationships that the entity maintained with outstanding personalities of the era in the sphere of music, arts and letters, culture, politics and the clergy. Some of the musicians included – such as Richard Strauss, Charles Bordes, Felip Pedrell, Antoni Nicolau, Albert Schweitzer, Wanda Landowska, Blanche Selva, Kurt Schindler and Joseph Canteloube, among others – had very close collaborative relationships with the Orfeó. Others, such as Gustave Charpentier, Camille Saint-Saëns, Gabriel Fauré and Maurice Ravel, had heard the Orfeó during their stays in Barcelona. El Llibre d’Or also vouches for the civic and social representation of the Orfeó Català through the signatures of politicians such as Francesc Pi i Margall and Francesc Cambó, architects like Antoni Gaudí or other people of letters, poets and men of culture such as Àngel Guimerà, Francesc Matheu and Apel·les Mestres.

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