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Palau de la Música Catalana

Download date: 10/04/2024


With a voluptuous Modernista architecture that erupts in the middle of two small streets, the spectacular Palau de la Música is a privileged setting and a true symbol of the city.

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An explosion of creativity

A second of silence is eternal. That which is produced by the public after hearing a perfect symphony or an aria in the pure voice of a soprano. A silence that is broken by thunderous applause. This is what you feel the first time you enter the Palau de la Música. Exuberant, voluptuous, impressive. We will never run out of adjectives to describe architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner’s magnificent building, the only concert hall to be declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1997, a Modernista building on all four sides that reflects the will of Barcelona to modernise.

Its history began in 1905, when Lluís Domènech i Montaner, one of the founders of Modernisme, was encharged with building a new concert hall for the Orfeó Català. With total creative freedom, he designed an allegory of nature in nymphs, flowers and plant motifs that made the perfect backdrop for listening to the music. The building was built around a glass-covered metallic structure, a very avant-garde idea for the times, and into it he integrated all the applied arts: sculpture, ironwork, stained glass and ceramics. Domènech i Montaner also wanted light to be an architectural element, so large panels of stained glass, other windows and a central skylight let the sun flood into the Palau. The Modernisme that is reflected by the Palau de la Música is more than an aesthetic trend: it represents an ideological movement that wanted to modernise the city.

A privileged stage

From its inauguration in 1908, the Palau de la Música, nestling right in the centre of the Ciutat Vella district, has been a privileged setting for music, but also for politics and ideas. Great musical masters like Enric Granados, Manuel de Falla, Maurice Ravel, Igor Stravinsky and Frederic Mompou made their debuts in this auditorium. The Palau de la Música is a benchmark not only in the worlds of music and Modernista architecture: is the symbol of an era in Barcelona, the age when it became a modern city.

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Location and contact

Location and contact

Palau de la Música Catalana

C Palau de la Música, 2
Ciutat Vella
Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera

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El Palau de la Música Catalana va ser construït entre el 1905 i el 1908 per l'arquitecte Lluís Domènech i Montaner com a seu de l'Orfeó Català, finançat amb fons procedents de subscripció popular.

El Palau de la Música Catalana és una perla arquitectònica del modernisme català, l'única sala de concerts modernista declarada Patrimoni Mundial per la UNESCO (4 de desembre de 1997), que constitueix actualment un punt de trobada ineludible de la vida cultural i social de Catalunya. A més s'ha erigit en patrimoni simbòlic i sentimental de tot un poble que s'identifica amb la seva història.

L'edifici s'articula al voltant d'una estructura central metàl·lica recoberta de vidre, que en rebre la llum natural converteix l'edifici més significatiu de l'obra de Domènech i Montaner en una caixa de música màgica on es combinen totes les arts aplicades: escultura, mosaic, vitrall i forja.

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