Rafael Martínez Valls: Cançó d’amor i de guerra (Love and War Song), zarzuela concert version (1926) 90'
Barcelona Symphony Band
Mireia Dolç, soprano
Josep Fadó, tenor
Joan Martín-Royo, baritone
Montserrat Gomis and Ferran Frauca, narration
Cor Ars Nova de Lloret and Coral La Igualtat de Gavà (Joan Casas, chorus conductor)
Polifònica de Puig-Reig (Josep Maria Conangla, chorus conductor)
Salvador Brotons, conductor
- Sunday 10 April 18:00
- €16 / €12 concessions
- Hall 1 Pau Casals
- BMB Season
Who has not heard the sardana - En el Vallespir, sung by Francina and the children's choir in the zarzuela Cançó d’amor i de guerra and also performed by singers as wide-ranging as Montserrat Caballé and Salomé? And what about Pirineu, tes blanques comes, the earnest, moving aria by Eloi and the choir of soldiers that became so popular over the course of a century? The zarzuela by Martínez Valls, with a libretto by Lluís Capdevila and Víctor Mora, has become an emblematic work, and some fragments have gone beyond the confines of theatres to become symbols of Catalan music.
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The plot of the zarzuela takes place in Roussillon in 1793, and the French Revolution is the backdrop for a love story between Eloi, a blacksmith, and Francina, the daughter of the forge's owner. The score was originally going to be called Els soldats de l’ideal (The Soldiers of the Ideal), but in 1926, during the Primo de Rivera dictatorship, it was slightly adapted to the version that we are all familiar with; the one that was premiered at the Teatre Victòria, in Barcelona, on 26 April that year.