ROBERT GERHARD: Cançoner de Pedrell for voice and instrumental set (1941)
RAMON HUMET: Transparent wind for chamber orchestra (2008, rev. 2009)
EDUARD TOLDRÀ: Sea views for string orchestra (1921)
Three generations of Catalan composers make up a unique program that brings together the last hundred years of music in the country. Sea views, by Eduard Toldrà, is possibly the musical emblem of Noucentista's fascination with the Mediterranean. With a diaphanous and lyrical clarity, and without narrative or programmatic will, the work is inspired by the reading of the poem La Ginesta, by Joan Maragall. The three movements -Costa brava, Nocturn (Beyond the stars) and Candles and reflections- they are poetic evocations loaded with light and vitality.
Robert Gerhard studied under Felip Pedrell from 1916 to 1920. His musical training under Pedrell and later Arnold Schönberg left a strong imprint on his compositions. Cancionero de Pedrell features a series of Catalan folksongs, compiled by Pedrell and arranged by Gerhard from an advanced musical perspective, highly influenced by Bela Bartok.
The most recent work of the program, Transparent wind, by Ramon Humet, is part of the cycle Music of non-being, inspired by a poem by the Zen monk Daido Ichi'i: «The music of non-being / fills the void: / spring sun, / snow whiteness, / bright clouds, / transparent wind». Humet's music shows a special sensitivity for timbre precision and color, with a clear attraction to Japanese philosophy and music.