Water Nymphs The show - La Goja de Banyoles

Water Nymphs The show - Trailer

153-La Goja de Banyoles (cobla version)

All night I spun over the lake of Banyoles.

  • 153
  • La Goja de Banyoles (cobla version)
City and date
  • Banyoles, Agost de 2002
  • 11’
  • Original version: cobla and 4 female soloists voices Chamber version: piano, clarinet/tenora/violin and 4 female soloists voices
  • Mossèn Cinto Verdaguer
Text language
  • Català
  • Girona, Teatre Municipal 10 de Febrer de 2013 Violí: Eszter Schütz Piano: Anna Cassú Sopranos: Montserrat Cristau - Maite Mer - Imma Presas Mezzosopranos: Glòria Garcés - Vera Krasnoperaova - Georgina Reyner

Original version of the work, which after I made versions for a smaller musical group.

After winning the first prize in the Songwriting Contest for symphonic cobla Prize Manel Saderra of Banyoles in 1998 with the work Mediterranean, a contest convoked every four years, I composed this other work for four female voices and cobla, about a poem of Mossèn Cinto Verdaguer, which was proposed in the contest, with the purpose of participating again in this prestigious cobla contest.

The poem of Verdaguer, which also gives name to the musical work, enthralled me since the first moment I had it in my hands. It is a beautiful and full of lyricism poem, that helped me create a mysterious and fogged atmospere, but at the same time sensual and tender. How big is Verdaguer! I don't have use any more his poems for works, but it's a pending issue.


Water Nymphs The show

I remember to enjoy a lot with the creation of the music that surrounds the poem. But the judges didn't choose it as a winner in 2002, so that this music stood silently in the drawer withput anyone knowing how it sounds, except me, for some years.

Until a chance encounter with soprano Maite Mer in Girona in 2010, made to get back the parked score and I made a new instrumentation of the work, as Maite told me she had a female cobla who could premiere it. Fot that end, aside of re-instrument the work for cobla, I made an other easier arrangement for clarinet or tenora and piano and four solist voices that name the poem. But sadly neither was premiered.

At the end, in 2012, the same Maite Mer proposed me to make a show completely with my own work called Water Nymphs The show, and the yes, I recovered the work, this time adapting the part of clarinet/tenora for violin, and in this form was premiered the work on February 10, 2013 at the Municipal Theater of Girona.

During the time the show was lead by Maite Mer was moved arround catalan land, the final piece were always my "Gojes", and it was for me a pleasure to recover this work from oblivion, which I have a special esteem.




Tota la nit he filat
vora l’estany de Banyoles,
al cantar del rossinyol,
al refilar de les goges.
Mon fil era d’or,
d’argent la filosa,
los boscos veïns
m’han pres per l’aurora.
Per debanar lo meu fil
tinc belles debanadores,
les muntanyes de Begur,
les de Begur i Armen-Roda,
les serres de Puigneulós,
les del Món i Rocacorba.
La plana de l’Empordà,
mai ha dut millor corona,
corona de raigs de llum
trenats amb lliris i roses;
semblava un pagó reial
obrint sa florida roda.
Mon fil era d’or,
d’argent la filosa,
los boscos veïns
m’han pres per l’aurora.
Com lo fil era daurat,
les madeixes eren rosses,
hermosos cabells del sol
encastats de boira en boira.
De les Estunes al fons
lo teixien quatre aloges,
llur teler és de cristall,
de vori la llançadora.
Veus aquí el vel que han teixit
tot exprés per una boda.
Mon fil era d’or,
d’argent la filosa,
los boscos veïns
m’han pres per l’aurora.
Work included for the show Water Nymphs (The show) (2013) 
La Goja de Banyoles (version for the show Water Nymphs) (10'54):


  • Voices: Montserrat Cristau, Maite Mer, Imma Presas, Glòria Garcés, Vera Krasnoperaova and Georgina Reyner
  • Violin: Eszter Schütz
  • Piano: Anna Cassú
Concert at the Municipal Theater of Girona on February 10, 2013
La Goja de Banyoles (version for cobla and four female voices) (11'08):
La Goja de Banyoles (version for clarinet/tenora, piano and four female voices) (11'):