Xavier Pagès-Corella: Variacions Grotesques (Grotesque Variations) 8’
Agustí Borgunyó: L’Aplec. Peasant Celebration 9’
Benjamin Britten & Lennox Berkeley: Montjuic, suite of Catalan Dances Op. 12 12’
Miquel Asins Arbó: Ballets 22’
Joaquim Serra: Puigsoliu. Symphonic Poem (1957) 8’
Barcelona Symphonic Band
José R. Pascual-Vilaplana, conductor
Music and dance form an artistic symbiosis, where sincerity and simplicity become a driver for catharsis. The Barcelona Symphonic Band presents various works with notes based on dance rhythms. Xavier Pagès-Corella (Sant Pere de Ribes, 1971) develops in Variacions Grotesques various dance forms based on a harmonic progression taken from a comic opera that he wrote himself, entitled Bruna de nit. Agustí Borgunyó (Sabadell, 1894 – Barcelona, 1967) wrote L’Aplec in New York as a tribute to a dance festival in Catalonia. The English composers Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) and Lennox Berkeley (1913-1989) were inspired by different Catalan dances to write the suite Mont Juic. The Ballets of Miquel Asins Arbó (Barcelona, 1916 – Valencia, 1996) comment on four dance forms – the mazurka, the habanera, the foxtrot and the march – based on four popular Valencian melodies. With Puigsoliu, Joaquim Serra i Corominas (Peralada, 1907 – Barcelona, 1957) pays tribute to descriptive music through traditional rhythms.
Dance and music that move us and make us move, like ancestral rites that undergo constant renewal. You just need to let yourself be carried away.