The Concerto for piano and chamber ensemble was composed in 1963 and was awarded the Schola Cantorum of Paris’ Composition Prize. It is a rather ‘raw’ piece. The piano part is most impressive but the thing that connects this concerto to the rest of the pieces of Guinjoan, is its rhythm.
El Caliu (The Embers) is a little reflective dialogue between parents and children around the fireplace at the time of the early autumn cold. The four string instruments personify the members of the family, in the midst of conversation.
As its title indicates, Miniaturas is built upon the foundations of small thematic cells. The first piece is characterized by the counterpointing of contrasts, and is followed by one which progresses from a bleakness of atmosphere to attain a marked lyricism. The third and final piece makes allusion to a progressively complex rhythm which ends with the...
Gerhard's Suite comprises two movements in the form of dance, El Conde Sol with a solemn character and predominance of a binary rhythm, and Sevillana, more agitated and in a ternary rhythm.