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Pau Casals

  • Pau Casals © EFE

    Pau Casals © EFE

  

Speciality

Music

 

 

Date of birth

Dec 29, 1876

Date of death

1973
  


"Cellist and composer. He is considered one of the greatest soloists in his instrument of all time. Even in old age he continued to play the cello for three hours every day."

Pau Carles Salvador Casals i Defilló was born in El Vendrell (Tarragona) in 1876. He received his first lessons in singing and musical theory from his father, the organist Carlos Casals. His international career began in 1897, with various concerts in Portugal. However his definitive establishment came in 1899 at the Crystal Palace in London. In 1904, he was conducted by Richard Strauss at Carnegie Hall in New York. One of his most famous compositions is the 'Hymn to the United Nations', or 'Hymn to Peace', composed in Puerto Rico during his exile. His recordings of Bach's cello suites are among the most highly regarded by critics and public alike. He died in San Juan (Puerto Rico) in October 1973.

Awards

United Nations Peace Medal
Medal of Freedom
Gold Medal from the Generalitat de Catalunya
 

Essential works

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    The Crib

    Inspired in two narratives from the Christian tradition, the Nativity and the Passion, this oratorio is a message of peace and hope for humanity.

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    En el mirall canviant de la mar blava

    Better known as a performer and fine adapter of musical pieces, cellist Pau Casals also composed a series of very melodic, popular Catalan songs, like this one.

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    El cant dels Ocells (music)

    This film was the winner of three Gaudí awards: best film in Catalan, best director, and best photography

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