Pedrell, Felipe [Felip]
- Walter Aaron Clark
(b Tortosa, Feb 9, 1841; d Barcelona, Aug 9, 1922). Catalan composer, musicologist and teacher. He began his musical studies at the age of seven while a chorister at Tortosa Cathedral, receiving instruction in solfège, harmony and the transcription of popular song from Juan Antonio Nin y Serra. He was otherwise self-taught in music. During his early career he wrote a great deal of vocal music, mostly sacred, but devoted himself increasingly to opera and zarzuela after moving to Barcelona as deputy director of the Light Opera Company of the Teatro Circo in 1873. His operas L’ultimo Abenzeraggio (1874) and Quasimodo (1875) had their premières at the Gran Teatro del Liceo in that city. A year in Italy (1876–7) aroused his interest in musicology, and in Roman libraries he researched music history, aesthetics, folklore and early music. Subsequently he spent two years in Paris, where he composed opera and came under the influence of Wagner. After returning to Spain he settled in Barcelona and concentrated on musicology. He began publishing two journals in ...