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Felipe Pedrell

  • Felipe Pedrell © P. Rotger/Iberfoto

    Felipe Pedrell © P. Rotger/Iberfoto






Date of birth

Feb 19, 1841

Date of death

Aug 19, 1922

" Composer and theoretician, he was the founder of Modern Spanish musicology. He was the first Spaniard to study traditional music, and created what is known as Spanish musical nationalism."

Felipe Pedrell Sabaté was born in Tortosa in February 1841. He was a boy singer in the choir of the cathedral in his hometown. He composed his first 'Stabat Mater' for three voices at the age of 15. He moved to Barcelona in 1863, where he continued his musical training. With a grant from the local governments of Girona and Tarragona, he travelled to Rome (1876) and to Paris (1877). He was the first Catalan Modernist musician to come into contact with the musical movements abroad. He was also responsible for introducing a liking for Richard Wagner's music into Spain. His prestigious role as a renovator of Catalan music meant he was much in demand as a master of musicians of the stature of Enrique Granados, Manuel de Falla, Isaac Albéniz and Lluís Millet. He died in Barcelona on August 19, 1922.

Essential works

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    La Celestina

    Una de las óperas de madurez del musicólogo y compositor Felip Pedrell, y la primera adaptación lírica de la novela del bachiller Fernando de Rojas.

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    Los Pirineos

    This opera, in reality a trilogy, is part of the ‘Renaixença’ current, a cultural movement between Romanticism and Nationalism which appeared in Catalonia in the 19th century.

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