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Lecture: They & Co. Women, talent and society

Lecture by Victòria Palma, musicologist

Activity framed within the Biennial of Thought Open City

With the collaboration of Mònica Pagès, Ester Pinart, Mariana Sarrias and Marta Vives. Direction of Clara del Ruste and projections by Juli Sanjuan.

You probably do not know the Renaissance ideals and the fate of the Concerto delle Donne of the Duke of Ferrara. You know nothing about the Olot girl who made her career at the Paral·lel de la Barcelona in the early twentieth century writing cuplets in Catalan. Or did not you hear about the Lutheran poet and intellectual in the shadow of some of Bach's cantatas in Baroque Leipzig. You can not imagine how lucky a girl was waiting for her in one of the famous Ospedale of Venice in the 18th century. As well, probably, you do not know the French composer who found in the music the language capable of explaining his passion and the truth he had always hidden. With them, and others, we will go from the Renaissance to the contemporary, from Barcelona to the other end of the world. We will travel and we will enter into their personal and artistic lives, and we will explore and know the limits of their societies. They will talk about their landmarks with their words, with their music and their stories, often surrounded by fatalism, but also of a freedom that swam to the contrary. And yet, it will not be a tribute to victims, but a celebration, with multiple voices, of women who managed to make history. With the musicologist Victoria Palma, we remind ourselves of the oblivion to extract lessons from life and a legacy that, in the end, has transcended their time.


Victoria Palma Barbany was born in Figueres in 1965. He began studying music at the Conservatory of his city and extending his studies at the Autonomous University of Barcelona with a degree in Musicology. At twenty five, he started working on the classical music station, Catalunya Música, where he has gone through different sections and has conducted several programs. In 2005, he was awarded the RAC Awards, for the ""Dies de Música" program, in 2010 he won the Cadaqués journalistic prize in Carles Rahola, for the work Cadaqués ad libitum, and in 2011, the "Feminí i singulars" space makes him win the prize of Good Non-Sexist Communication Practices awarded by the ADPC. He is currently working as speaker and editor in various programs and musical research projects.