Pablo Casals in Barcelona - 18 July, 1936

from Joys and Sorrows. Reflections by Pablo Casals, as told by Albert E. Kahn, pages 218,219:

In the summer of 1936 the volcano erupted. I was in Barcelona at the time preparing to conduct a concert. By strange coincidence, it was scheduled to take place in the very hall at the palace of Montjuich – I had conducted Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony to celebrate the proclamation of the Republic. And again I was to conduct a performance of the Ninth – this time at a government ceremony entitled “Celebration for the Peace of the World.” The final rehearsal took place at the Orfeó Català on the evening of July 18. I shall never, never forget that …   more >>

cite as

Albert Kahn and Pablo Casals, and (ed.), Joys and Sorrows. Reflections by Pablo Casals, as told by Albert E. Kahn. In British library (London, 1970), p. 218,219. accessed: 21 July, 2024

location of experience: Barcelona


Pablo Casals
Cellist, Conducting

Listening to

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9th Symphony
written by Beethoven, Beethoven
performed by Pablo Casals

Experience Information

Date/Time 18 July, 1936
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Pablo Casals listening experience during civil war, while conducting a rehearsal of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the Orfeó Catalá when, suddenly, he received a message from Minister Gassol that led him to decide to stop the rehearsal immediately and cancel the concert. However, choir and orchestra sang and played the last part of the Symphony before they leave the rehearsal.

Originally submitted by tlisboa on Sat, 21 Feb 2015 23:53:13 +0000
Approved on Mon, 11 Jan 2016 19:01:33 +0000