Fruit of his extensive academic training, and faithful to his unique musical sensibilities, musical maestro Josep Garcia Gago (Bembibre del Bierzo (León), 1921 – Barcelona, 1999) left us with a whole series of his musical works written for piano, chamber orchestra, instrumental ensembles and choir.
Undoubtedly the most widely-known piece is the Suite of Chamber, which reveals his extraordinary command of both the science and art of harmony and counterpoint, –not for nothing was he professor of these subjects for over thirty years at the Conservatori Superior Municipal de Barcelona. His Tratado de contrapunto (Treatise on Counterpoint) has been used in classrooms for over 30 years.
Garcia Gago developes a simple melodic theme in Arioso, based on the Prelude No. 5 in D by Johann Sebastian Bach, while the work Clar de lluna (Moonlight) by Beethoven recives an impressionist brushwork of Josep Garcia Gago.
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.
These short pieces for piano by Josep Garcia Gago reflect the flavour of the age or genre being featured, as well as the quality of being original.