Reference composer Josep Soler dies at 87


Barcelona (EFE).- The composer Josep Soler died this Sunday at the age of 87, as reported by the Culture sector of the Town Hall of Badalona (Barcelona), where he was director of the Conservatory.

Jose Soler i Sardà, born in Vilafranca del Penedès (Barcelona) in 1935, was recognized throughout his life with numerous awards.

The musicologist has been awarded the Ciutat de Barcelona, ​​the National Music Prize of Catalonia, the National Music Prize of Spain.

Likewise, he was also awarded the Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts in 2012, which he declined to show his rejection of the government’s cultural and educational policy at the time.

A pioneer of the expressionist school in Catalonia, he was a pupil of Arnold Schoenberg, Anton Webern, Murice Ravel and Cristofòr Taltabull. He has taught Benet Casablancas, Alejandro Civilotti, Albert Sardà, Armand Grèbol and Agustí Charles, among others.

Composer Josep Soler. EFE/Julián Martín/File

“He was one of the most important authors of contemporary music,” said the consistory of Badalona.

The writer and music theorist has written 150 piano pieces, seven symphonies and 16 operas.

The Minister of Culture, Miquel Iceta, today mourned the death of the teacher, to whom he wished “may the earth be light”.

Many other music lovers also wished to offer their condolences on the occasion of the composer’s death.

In the same way, institutions such as L’Auditori de Barcelona posted on social networks a link to the recording of his work “String Quartet No. 8”, which premiered during the first Biennial of the Barcelona Quartets. , in tribute to the late musicologist.

Web edition: Marina González


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