Editor, Horacio Curti ; texts/textos, Jaume Ayats, Hae Sook Kim, Horacio Curti, Keith Howard, Simon Mills, Rafael Caro, Jiwon Song, Heesun Kim

Eolssigu! The sounds of Korea

Ajuntament de Barcelona

In several traditional Korean musical practices it is common to hear the percussionist or just an audience member cry out eolsiggu! (pronounced “oisshigo”). This expression is rich in meanings and difficult to translate exactly, but its aim is both to encourage the soloist and convey zeal for the performance. It is a term imbued with ambiguity not only in its definition but also in its use, being both expressive and vibrant in the context of musical practices. These were the qualities that led us to choose eolssigu as the emblem of the venture into the Korean sonic universe we hereby introduce.

This publication accompanies the exhibition of the same name, which has been created jointly by the National Gugak Center of Seoul and the Museu de la Música de Barcelona, and held at the latter from October 2017 to June 2018. Meanwhile, it also seeks to compensate for the general absence of publications in the Catalonian and Spanish languages on the musical instruments, music, and especially the classical/traditional musical practices of Korea.

15 €
Taulell del Museu
Aiats, J., Arqués, R., Campo, J., Casacuberta, M., Rabaseda, J. (coordinador) (2017)

Granados, from Paris to Goya

Barcelona: L'Avenç

The most European, innovative and modernist Enric Granados is shown at the commemorative exhibition of the composer's anniversary (in 2016, the centenary of his death was commemorated and this year 150 years ago he was born in Lleida) organized by the Museum of Lleida and the Museum of Music of Barcelona. In addition to explaining his position as a pianist and pedagogue, his connection with the Paris of the Belle Époque and the avant-gardes of the moment is shown, thus claiming the link between Granados and modernism and the European and multidisciplinary dimension of his work. The exhibition starts from the moment when Granados arrives in Paris in 1887. The impact of the modernity of a city that has just built the Eiffel Tower and the influence of Wagner and Berlioz, without which His relationship with the theater is not understood, he puts him in search of the total work of art (combining music, literature, painting and even the evocation of smells, very present in the exhibition). The exhibition also explains his role as a pianist and pedagogue, with the sound recordings he made with pianola rolls, the most advanced system of his time; and a reconstruction of the "Tartana" where he composed part of the opera Goyescas complete the exhibition - curated by the musicologist Joaquim Rabaseda - who closes explaining his relationship with Goya's painting.

10 €
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Martínez-Jacquet, E., Ammann, R., Ayats, J., Chantrenne, C., Leclair, M., Rossinyol, O. (2013)

Musical scultpures: instruments from Africa, Asia, Oceania and America

Barcelona: Fundación La Fontana.

The catalogue picks up the selection of 130 musical instruments from the Foundation La Fontana that take part of the temporary exhibition at the Museu de la Música (September 2013- April 2014). They are an exceptional sample of the international relevance of this collection created by Helena Folch-Rusiñol and Alejandro Maluquer. They reach mainly the geographical areas of Africa, Asia and Oceania, with some distinguished examples of America as well. The pictures of each one of the pieces stand out the beauty and artistic quality of these sculptures and the texts reflect the forms and uses of these instruments in ceremonial and profane contexts.

30 €
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Ayats, J. (ed.) (2013)

The Hauslaib claviorgan of Barcelona’s Museu de la Música

Barcelona: Museu de la Música de Barcelona, Girona: Documenta Universitària.

On the occasion of the study, restoration and recovery for musical use of the Hauslaib claviorgan -one of Museu de la Música's most valuable instruments- we have published in conjunction with Documenta Universitaria an e-book (and in paper, too) with texts, photographs and audiovisual documents by the scholars, restorers and instrument-makers (including Romà Escalas, Oscar Laguna and Joan Martí) who have collaborated on the recovery of this exceptional musical instrument. The introductions by Jaume Ayats, the Museum's director, and Oriol Rossinyol, the head of its collections, contextualize the great historic, organologic and musical interest of the claviorgan's recovery.

This new e-book also allows one to hear how the claviorgan sounds today, after its restoration, as played by the organist Juan de la Rubia.

The Hauslaib claviorgan is the first of a series of Museu de la Música specialist publications both in paper and in e-book format addressed to presenting the research carried out on the Museum's collection and where it's possible incorporate audiovisual performances of the instrument.

Published by Museu de la Música and Documenta Universitaria, this first volume, which is specifically devoted to the Hauslaib claviorgan, is now available in three languages​​: Catalan, Spanish and English.

20 €
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Electronic edition: 

10 €
Escalas, R. (dir.). (2010)

Un sol món, músiques diverses. Guia del Museu de la Música de Barcelona

Barcelona: Ajuntament de Barcelona.

This guide provides an insight into the collection of musical instruments and documents that are exhibited at the Museu de la Música through a tour of music history, art and instruments. The guide describes the Museum's most important pieces and gives us an insight into our musical legacy and the uniqueness of our heritage and its cultural and artistic contributions. It also includes music and instruments from other places and cultures with an emphasis on the idea of travel and the diversity of world music heritage.

The guide is generously illustrated with photographs of the instruments and the musical documents as well as of the Museum's exhibitions. Catalan and Spanish editions

18 €
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Albéniz, I. (2011)

Marcha militar para piano por el niño de 8 años Isaac Albéniz

Barcelona: Museu de la Música, Bellaterra Música.

None reissue of this piece is known. Therefore, the Museu de la Música in Barcelona, which keeps a copy of that first edition in its collection, has had the iniciative of editing it in facsimile format as it was presented at the end of the nineteenth century.

It is a simple piece, triumphantly marked, that musically illustrates the effect of marching troops. Sometimes this situation was experimented by the young Albéniz because of the military status of his father. It is dedicated to General Prim (Viscount of Bruch), a personal friend of Angel Albéniz.

This facsimile complements the recent edition of the story The young Albéniz, that includes the first commercial recording of the work within the framework of collaboration between the Museum of Music and Music Publishing Bellaterra.

4 €
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Albéniz, I., Granados, E. (2010)

Azulejos, obra finalitzada per Enrique Granados

Barcelona: Biblioteca de Catalunya, Museu de la Música.

"Azulejos: a work by two composers, in three parts and conserved in a number of institutions and brought together once again after nearly 90 years. This is how we could summarise the long journey that this manuscript has travelled since the year of Albéniz's death and that his friend Enric Granados completed. The National Library of Catalonia and the Museu de la Música of Barcelona publish the urtext together with the facsimile of Azulejos with the purpose of making available the original and fully recuperated version of the work so that it may be disseminated, studied and interpreted..." Dolors Lamarca, director of the National Library of Catalonia.

"When Isaac Albéniz died in 1909, he had just begun work on a new project, the second suite of pieces for piano called Azulejos, possibly at the request of a French publisher as a result of the success that he had in that country with Suite Iberia. Although fate didn't allow Albéniz to finish even the first movement, Prélude, his close friend Enric Granados was given the opportunity to continue the manuscript, without any apparent rupture, fruit of his profound understanding of Albéniz's work and person..." Romà Escalas, director of the Museu de la Música.

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Escalas, R. (dir.). (2007)

El Museu de la Música de Barcelona a la Casa Quadras. 1983-2011

Barcelona: Ajuntament de Barcelona.

A panorama of the activity that the Museu de la Música carried out in the fields of music, education and the heritage from 1983 to 2001 at Casa Quadras in Barcelona. This activity made the Museum a reference in its speciality in Spain and in Europe at large, allowing it to reach new publics and to make itself known in the city.
2007. 168 pp. Catalan and Spanish.  ISBN: 978-84-9850-001-1- Retail price: €12
Barcelona: Museu de la Música, Institute of Culture, Barcelona City Council

12 €
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Escalas, R. (dir.) (1991)

Catàleg de la col·lecció d’instruments

Barcelona: Ajuntament de Barcelona.

Catalogue of the instrument collection of the Museu de la Música published in 1991. It contains 1,348 entries. In addition to considering its technical descriptive function, this publication laid the bases for the normalisation of both the musical terminology in general and the terminology of musical instruments in particular, as well as for the adoption of universal criteria in the systematised classification of the instrument families. This is a unique musicological reference tool.

Rossinyol, O. (dir.). (2011)

Escultures sonores. Els instruments Baschet: catàleg de les obres exposades

Barcelona: L’Auditori, Museu de la Música

A small catalogue of the works on display has been published, with text by the curator of the exhibition, Oriol Rossinyol, around Baschet musical structures from the historical perspective and analysis of the families' instrumental permanent collection Museum of Music. In each of the works Baschet, it details the technical and a comment on their forms and operation materials acoustic.

1 €
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