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Miquel Villalba — La Cathédrale engloutie

Barcelona, Palau de la Música Catalana — Petit Palau

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About the Event

Experience the enchanting world of classical music as renowned pianist Miquel Villalba graces the stage of Petit Palau. Prepare to be moved by his exceptional talents as he performs a captivating selection of Fantasies and Preludes by Bach, Mozart, and Miquel Oliu, alongside the mesmerizing La cathédrale engloutie by Debussy. This powerful musical journey promises to showcase the remarkable beauty and rich diversity that classical music has to offer. Get ready to be immersed in a truly unforgettable evening of emotion and virtuosity.


  • Johann Sebastian Bach – Three Choral Preludes, Valet will ich dir geben, BWV 736; Ach bleib bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 649; Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g’mein, BWV 734
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Fantasia in D minor, K. 397
  • Claude Debussy – Prelude no. 10, La Cathédrale engloutie
  • Michael Oliu – “Misteri del temps” (V) and “Misteri del dolor” (VI) (work commissioned by the Palau de la Música Catalana within the framework of the Barcelona Creació Sonora program, world premiere)
  • Johannes Brahms – Seven Fantasy Pieces, op. 116
Program is subject to change


Piano: Miquel Villalba

Palau de la Música Catalana

The Palau de la Musica Catalana is a dazzling building situated in the northern part of Barcelona's Old Town. An architectural jewel of the Catalan Art Nouveau style, built between 1905 and 1908, its rich interior displays the work of the region's artisans in the form of stained-glass windows, ceramics, sculptures, paintings and blacksmithing. The extensive use of glass in the construction of the venue creates stunningly radiant interiors. The dusty red facade of the Palau is decorated with busts of great composers including Bach, Beethoven and Wagner, and colorful mosaics in floral patterns. The centre of the Palau is the magnificent concert hall, entirely lit by natural sunlight due to the extraordinary skylight in the centre of the richly ornate ceiling, which is popular for symphonic and chamber music. According to Lluís Domènech i Montaner, the architect who designed the Palau, the aim was to create a “garden for music” – an objective he definitely managed to achieve.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Perhaps the most important composer of all time, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was an Austrian composer of the late 18th century. Born in 1756 in Salzburg, he showed prodigious musical talent from childhood. Beginning at five years of age, he composed more than 600 works, including concertos, symphonies, religious works and operas before his premature death at the age of 35. Hi influence over successive generations cannot be overestated - Ludwig van Beethoven wrote of Mozart "posterity will not see such a talent again in 100 years”. Despite the immense success of his compositions, and the acclaim he received across Europe, Mozart achieved little financial security and rwas buried in an unmarked grave in Vienna's St Marx Cemetery.

Johann Sebastian Bach

The name Bach and the word musician had long been synonyms in Germany as the world saw 56 musicians from this kin. But it was Johann Sebastian Bach, a genius composer and virtuoso organ player, who shed lustre on his family name. He was born on th 31st of March 1685 in Eisenach, a small town in Thuringia. At the age of 10 he became an orphan and was brought up by his elder brother Johann Christoph, who was an organist in a neighbouring town. His brother was the one to teach music to the young Johann Sebastian. Later he moved to Luneburg where he attended a church school and mastered the techniques of playing violin, viola, piano and organ by the age of 17. Besides that, Bach was a choir singer and later after his voice broke he became a chanter’s assistant. In 1703 Bach was hired as a court musician in the chapel of Duke Johann Ernst III. He earned such a good reputation there that he was later invited to Arnstadt to be an organist at the New Church, where he wrote his best organ works. In 1723 he moved to Leipzig to be a chantor at St. Thomas Church where he stayed until his death of a stroke in 1750. In the year of his death he had undergone unsuccessful eye surgery which lead him to lose his eyesight. During that strenuous time his second wife Anna Magdalena helped him to write his last musical pieces. Bach’s artistic legacy is vast. He created compositions in all genres of the time: oratorias, cantatas, masses, motets, music for organ, piano and violin.


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