The composer, writer and music theorist Josep Soler has died this Sunday at the age of 87, as reported by the Culture area of the Badalona City Council (Barcelona), where he was director of the Conservatory.
Jose Soler i Sardà, born in Vilafranca del Penedès (Barcelona) in 1935, was recognized throughout his life with numerous awards, such as the Ciutat de Barcelona, the National Music Award of Catalonia, the National Music Award of Spain and the Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts in 2012, which he refused to show his rejection of the cultural and educational policy of the Government at the time.
A pioneer of the expressionist school in Catalonia, he was a student of Arnold Schoenberg, Anton Webern, Murice Ravel and Cristofòr Taltabull, and a teacher of Benet Casablancas, Alejandro Civilotti, Albert Sardà, Armand Grèbol and Agustí Charles, among others.
“He has been one of the most important authors of contemporary music”, the Badalona Town Hall has pointed out, in reference to this prolific author, who signed 150 pieces for piano, seven symphonies and 16 operas.
The Minister of Culture, Miquel Iceta, lamented today through his Twitter account the death of the teacher, to whom he has wished “that the earth be light for him”.
A condolences to which have been added that of many other music lovers and institutions such as L’Auditori de Barcelona, which has posted on social networks a link to the recording of his work “String Quartet No. 8”, which premiered at the first Biennial of Quartets in Barcelona.