Banda Municipal de Barcelona

Friday, July 21, 04.00 PM
Conductor: Salvador BROTONS

The Barcelona Symphonic Band (Banda Municipal de Barcelona, BMB) was founded as an orchestral band in 1886 in line with a centuries-old tradition of musical formations which since the Middle Ages, under the name of ‘Municipal music’, had brought an air of solemnity to official events and City Council processions or even played serenades. In 1886 the Barcelona City Council regularised municipal music which brought the music of the great composers within reach of the lower classes.

The band today, with its 56 musicians, has its headquarters in L'Auditori de Barcelona. It wants to showcase premières and performances of works by contemporary composers, introduce the public to the original repertory for symphonic band and produce a varied and popular programme with the object of bringing music closer to the general public.

Conductor Salvador Brotons was born in Barcelona into a family of musicians. He obtained advanced qualifications in flute, composition and orchestral conducting at the Conservatori Superior de Música de Barcelona. In 1985 he was awarded a Fullbright scholarship and moved to the United States, where he took a Doctorate in Music at the Florida State University.

As a composer, he has written more than 130 works, mainly for orchestra and chamber orchestra. He has received 16 prizes for composition, such as the Premio Nacional de España (1977) for his Quatre peces per a cordes (Four pieces for strings), the Premi Jove d’Or (1980) and the Premi Ciutat de Barcelona for his Primera simfonia (First symphony). In 2002 he received the Florida State University Alumni Award for his professional achievements. Since September 2008 he has been music director of the Banda Municipal de Barcelona.

The Barcelona Municipal Band will reveal several Catalan works in the WASBE2017 Conference. These works are specifically Catalán, from the northeast region of Spain, and they are written especially for symphonic band.
With this program, the Barcelona Municipal Band will allow you to take a visual trip to their country, endear your hearts to their well-loved sounds and unique cultural heritage. Catalan music is enveloped, as they are themselves, in Mediterranean aromas, passions, and the strength of the sea. The BMB would like to make their music known to their new listeners, as they are sure it will captivate all.        
The BMB will be using some very characteristic instruments. These instruments are typical of “sardanes”, and are played throughout Catalunya: The “Tible” and the “Tenora” .

Lamote De Grignon, Joan (1872-1949) Scherzo Sobre Un Tema Popular Català (Scherzo About A Popular Catalan Theme), Version For Symphonic Band, 1915
Toldrà, Eduard (1895-1962) Empúries, Sardana Lliure (Transcribed By Joan Lamote De Grignon) 
Serra, Joaquim (1907-1957) Puigsoliu, Symphonic Poem (Transcribed By Joan Alfonso) 
Oltra, Manuel (1922-2015) Montmagastre, A Little Symphonic Scene (Transcribed Byjordi León) 
Borgunyó, Agustí (1894-1967) L’aplec. Peasant Celebration (Transcribed Byjoan Lluís Moraleda) 

I N T E R M I S S I O N 

Montsalvatge, Xavier (1912-2002) Music For A Sunday 
1. Fanfare 
2. The Llofriu Chotis (Traditional Spanish Dance) 
3. The Poble Sec Polka 

Brotons, Salvador (*1959) Symphony No.6 Concise, Op.122 
1. Frontal 
2. Procession 
3. Scherzo 
4. Passacaglia 
5. Finale

Photos by May Zircus