THE LEGEND OF COUNT ARNAU
Count Arnau is a legend – one might almost say the Catalan legend par excellence. The figure of a hedonistic and enraged mediaeval knight who seeks pleasure in dishonouring both married and unmarried women in his region and the subsequent punishment of being eternally undead, a tormented soul riding through the forests and hollows of Montgrony and Gombrèn, has been a source of inspiration for many poets in Catalan literature, ranging from Jacint Verdaguer to Joan Brossa and including Maragall and Sagarra, among others.
The cantata presented here, beautifully set to music by Albert Guinovart, recounts the story of this mythical figure and his terrible legend, giving a voice to the main poets who brought him alive in their works.
The sorrows and orgiastic joys of the Count of Mataplana are the seeds that have now blossomed into this new musical proposal.
Canta Gran is a programme stemming directly from Barcelona Town Council's 2002 social welfare policies. Its aim is to increase the active role of the elderly and to enable them to participate fully in society. This activity is intended to form part of a further cycle of personal growth and quality of life, adding “life to years rather than just years to life”. The project has successfully put choirs of elderly people in the foreground in all participating cities.