Manuel Blancafort (1897-1987)

foto blancafortBlancafort was member of a group of Catalan composers that started publishing their first works just before the twenties trying to break with wagnerism. As he wrote in 1929, "To get rid of Wagner is, in my opinion, the first commandment of the new Catalan music...A few of us in Catalonia would rather lean towards Paris than to Berlin". The group was formally organized in 1931 as the "Associaciˇ de Compositors Independents de Catalunya (CIC)" and counted ToldrÓ, Lamote de Grignon, Mompou, Samper and Gerhard as members.  Through music he could record his impressions, like pages in a diary without words. His discovery of French and Russian music and the premire of AlbÚniz's Iberia were vital to his development as a composer, opening up the musical direction he was to take. Blancafort believed that Catalan music should be characterised by clarity: simple, without excessive counterpoint or nebulous chromaticism which would drown out our lyrical traditions purity of expression.

  • Orchestra & Soloist

  • Sardana Simf˛nica (Pic. and Tenora obligato) (c. 6')
    (Tenora is a popular catalan wind instrument)

    score (pdf score)