Joan Guinjoan

During the XI Music and Philosophy Conference (Ronda, 2014) we had the pleasure to listen and converse with the composer and pianist Joan Guinjoan (b. Riudoms, Tarragona, 1931), who, pitifully, passed away last Monday, first of January. He was a prolific creator. His music is revealed through a personal language without aesthetics bonds. Refined, rhythmic, with really bright timbres, he always linked his music with his own roots and the folk music that surrounded him during his childhood.

Guinjoan wrote more than a hundred pieces, and today we would like to show one of the most important pieces of his catalogue, Ab origine (1974) for orchestra, recorded by Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya and conducted by Josep Pons included in the album “Joan Guinjoan Obra Simfònica vol. 2” produced by Columna Música (2011). This piece reflects the qualities of his musical speech; a rhythmic, vital, dynamic and vigorous sound mass with complex harmonies illuminated by brilliant timbres. 

To homage his figure, in the next publications we will recover his speech during the XI Music and Philosophy Conference in 2014 in podcasts.

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