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This section contains the programs of the different performances and public or private acts that took place in the theatre. Its nature is very diverse, including from seasons of concerts, through various social events, series of lyrical recitals, several seasons of ballet and opera, to the programs of the Francesc Viñas International Singing Competition.

Its historical value spans beyond the musical and artistic fact. Some of the programs were made with remarkable typographic and artistic care. Before 1936, the programs of the opera seasons used to reproduce illustrations by leading artists from the country, such as Emili Grau Sala or Jaume Pahissa. Among the many unique events, the programs of the Wagner Festivals of 1913, the performances of the Ballets Russes of Serge Diaghilev, or the coming of the company of Bayreuth in 1954 must be mentioned.

The programs replaced the librettos, from the moment it stopped making sense to follow the opera during the performances in the room in the dark. It is in this moment when the program became a first-class gallery to follow the most important singers and directors of orchestra passing through the G T. del Liceu during the 20th century.

The series of symphonic concerts are very important: the Lent concerts, organized by the theatre, or the concerts of the Orchestra Pau Casals. Thanks to its activity, great composers and directors passed through the theatre: I. Stravinsky, R. Strauss, M. de Falla, F. Weingartner, among many others. The programs of unique performances are also noteworthy, such as the premiere of L’Atlàntida by M. de Falla, directed by E. Toldrà, the premieres of Catalan operas –R. Lamote de Grignon, Montsalvatge, Altisent, Balada, Soler, Mestres-Quadreny, Guinjoan, among others–, or the Valencian Matilde Salvador.

We highlight the programs and librettos that, promoted by the Wagnerian Association, reproduced, in the first decades of the 20th century, the text sung in Catalan not only of works by Wagner, but by other European composers.

The programs, which have been digitized in its totality, are more than a chronicle of musical activity. They reflect the social and economic life of the country, through ads, music reviews and analysis aimed at the public. For a few years, a section of the programs also included the daily microhistory of the theatre, it was a collection of anecdotes reporting events from the last performance. It is reproduced, in this case, the copy of the program of the first performance of a play –which was usually the same every day–, and then there have been added only the pages of “Anecdotes”, that were made from scratch at each performance.
There have been included, as long as they are preserved, the loose sheets indicating changes in a specific performance. The collections will increase as soon as the data processing is completed.

Programs of the opera performance

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  Función de gala con motivo de la inauguración del piano Steinway & Sons, donado al Conservatorio Superior de Música del Liceo

Scarlatti, Domenico
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Chopin, Frédéric
Debussy, Claude
Falla y Matheu, Manuel de
Gershwin, George
Marcello, Benedetto
Valls, Ricardo
Braggiotti, Mario
Escofet, Nuria
Benejam, Josefa
Societat del Gran Teatre del Liceu
Orquestra del Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu

Date: 1957
Description: 1 volum
Note: Empresa: José F. Arquer
Note: Orquestra del Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu, direcció de Ricardo Valls
Note: Funció de gala amb motiu de la innauguració del piano Steinway & Sons, donat al Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu per un grup de nordamericans residents a Espanya, amb la interpretació per part del pianista Mario Braggiotti del repertori següent: Sonata en Do d'Scarlati; Sonata número 2, opus 27 de Beethoven; Nocturn en Re Bemoll, de Chopin; L'isle Joyeuse de Debussy; El Amor Brujo de Falla; Rhapsody in Blue de Gershwin; Variacions sobre el tema de Yankee Doodle de Braggiotti
Language: castellà
Descriptors: Concerts ; Programes de mà
Collection: Programs of the opera performance
Work details: El Amor brujo ;  Rhapsody in Blue ;  Sonata en Do Major (Scarlatti)L'Isle JoyeuseYankee Doodle variations ;  Sonates, piano, núm. 14, op. 27, núm. 2, do sostingut menor ;  Nocturns, piano, op. 27, núm. 2 Estro poetico-armonico