L'Ave Maria  

Composer: Manuel Oltra i Ferrer (*1922), 1963


This music is assumed to be under copyright in the USA



AveWiki = the interactive counterpart of "Geert's Ave Maria  pages"
AveWiki link

Recording:  not available
Lyrics:  not available

see score

Score:  free download on THIS PAGE

Posted on YouTube:   Not available at this time.  
You could be featured here!
If you (or your choir) perform this Ave Maria, make a video recording.  Post your video on YouTube, email me the page URL and I'll embed the video in this page.
This music is assumed to be under copyright in the USA

You can also email me an MP3 for audio only.

Internet references, biography information.
Manuel Oltra i Ferrer

Neix a València el 8 de febrer de 1922 i resideix des del mateix any a Barcelona. Comença els estudis musicals als 14 anys amb el mestre Josep Font Sabaté, i ho fa intensivament a desgrat dels entrebancs propis de la guerra civil, del trasllat de la seva família a Lleida l'any 1940 i de la incorporació a l'exèrcit el 1943.

Aquesta darrera circumstància que l'obliga a traslladar-se a Ceuta, representa un trasbals per a la seva carrera; sortosament es resolgué aviat en aconseguir una plaça de professor al Conservatori Hispano-Marroquí de Tetuan. Tres anys després, acabada la milícia, torna a Barcelona on comença la seva activitat plenament musical com a pianista, director i compositor.

Ha exercit la docència també en l'Institut de Rítmica Joan Llongueres, i com a responsable de cursets i classes magistrals en diverses entitats; ha estat director musical de moltes agrupacions folklòriques, com la Coral C.E. de Terrassa, els Esbarts Montserrat i Montseny, Ballets de Catalunya, Esbart de l'Orfeó Gracienc, etc.

La seva producció com a compositor és extensa i variada, abarcant gairebé tots els gèneres: obres de cambra per a diversos conjunts, obres simfòniques, obres corals "a cappella" o amb acompanyament instrumental, i obres per a cobla, de les quals es podria destacar, potser, la "Rapsòdia per a piano i cobla" (1953) en la que, per primera vegada, es produeix una semblant conjunció. Les harmonitzacions de cançons i ballets tradicionals formen també un corpus notable.

L'any 1994 va rebre de la Generalitat de Catalunya el Premi Nacional de Música en l'apartat de composició i el Premi Nacional de Cultura Popular i Tradicional en l'apartat de Música.
Manuel Oltra (1922), composer
His career is closely linked with the Barcelona Municipal Conservatory of Music where he studied, taught and was a governor. I have already spoken of Oltra as a composer par excellence. Musicians who have had contact with him and his methods of working agree, with rare unanimity, that he is a great musician and a great teacher. A man with a deep knowledge of composition, transcription and instrumentation techniques, in short a scholar of music. Throughout his career Oltra followed his own path without becoming part of any particular group or tendency. He refused to be discouraged when accused of not being innovative and concentrated on making music of quality. Oltra would tell how he had learned instrumentation by sitting at home with orchestral scores and trying to imagine how they would sound. Then, with the score in his hand, he would go to the second floor of the Palau de la Musica to see if they really sounded as he had imagined or how they differed.
Among Oltra¹s works are Suite for strings and flute (1953), Rapsòdia for piano and cobla (3), El bestiari de Pere Quart for choirs (from 1957), Cantata per a cor infantil, cobla i percussió, Sonata for cello and piano, (1959), Doble 5. Suite per a quintet de corda i quintet de vent (1962, Psalmus brevis (1967), for choir and orchestra, Simfonia esparsa (1989) and many songs and melodies for popular songs. Sonatina per a flauta i piano (1950) is the work of a young man, written when he was twenty-eight it remains one of his personal favourites. Oltra claims it is one of the few works that he wrote spontaneously, from beginning to end, simply, without doubt, following his instincts. The language of Sonatina is clearly tonal, structured like a sonata with a simple, transparent design.

Tres estacions was composed in 1989 and so is a mature work. It is structured in three parts, starting with a sonata: autumn (fast), winter (lyrical) and spring (rondo). Although Oltra¹s music tends to be carefully constructed, in Tres estacions there are more descriptive passages. This produces a powerful cerebral work with a perfect balance of composition. The notes are transparent and precise, nothing is superfluous. Oltra¹s deep knowledge of the composer¹s craft gives his music an aura of perfection. According to those who have interpreted his work, the intrinsic interest of the music makes it easy to play and requires little effort. In contrast to the Sonatina the language of this work is more advanced and the tonality is far more ambiguous without being abandoned completely.

There is always something in Oltra¹s work, sometimes hard to define exactly, that marks it as part of Catalan musical tradition. This, in one way or another, also applies to Manén and, above all, to Toldrà. Apart from the Sonatina all the works on this disc are first recordings.

Please notify us of any broken/defective links

Page last modified: September 16, 2011

Return to my homepage: www.avemariasongs.org

Do you see a public domain score you like, but you cannot download it?
Other questions or comments about this web site?   
E-mail me: infoemail meavemariasongs.org
AveWiki = the interactive counterpart of "Geert's Ave Maria  pages"


Copyright © 1999-2011 Geert Cuypers.
Thank you for visiting Geert's Ave Maria pagesMy guestbook is always only one page away.
Please do not use my guestbook for spamming, flaming or commercials for other websites. Such entries will be deleted.
 Sign  my Guestbook!    Read my Guestbook!

Who has visited Geert's Ave Maria pages since April 29,  2010? 

free counters
# page views since November 22,  2009: visitors online right now.
today's stats:      

This website was developed with Microsoft FrontPage for  
optimal screen resolution  1024 × 768