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.
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 with 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.
LA GOJA DE BANYOLES
- Voices: Montserrat Cristau, Maite Mer, Imma Presas, Glòria Garcés, Vera Krasnoperaova and Georgina Reyner
- Violin: Eszter Schütz
- Piano: Anna Cassú