Xavier Gols i Soler (Tarragona, 1902-1938) started learning the piano and violin from his father, a composer and orchestra conductor. After winning the newly-established Pau Casals scholarship in 1927, he moved to Barcelona to further his piano studies with Blanca Selva and his composition studies with Baltasar Samper. Some of his most notable compositions include Quintet en re menor (1934) for strings and piano, De les terres altes (1936) for piano, Quatre impressions per a piano (1936), and Tres preludis rurals (1937) for piano and chamber orchestra, as well as the constant production throughout his life of songs for voice and piano.
The impressionism of the first compositions of Xavier Gols develops towards a more personal style where the piano score becomes denser and more concentrated.
The Suite pour piano (1928-1930) is the composition of greatest importance of Xavier Gols. The Suite was first premiered on 25th June 1930 in the Sala Mozart in Barcelona in a piano recital by its very own composer
The music of Gols is fresh and agreeable with passages and tones that echo traditional Catalan popular music and has been consistently performed over the years by leading contemporary artists.