Joan Magrané i Joel


Reus (Catalonia)

June 2018

Biography —

Jaume Claret is Assistant professor at the Department of Arts and Humanities and Director of the Graduate Program in History, Geography and History of Art at the Open University of Catalonia (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya). He graduated in Communication Sciences (UAB, 1996) and in Humanities (UPF, 1998), and he earned a doctorate in History (UPF, 2004). He wrote his PhD on the history of Spanish universities and University policies during the Second Republic, the Civil War and the first Franco’s regime, later published as El atroz desmoche (Crítica, 2006). His research fields are Spanish and Catalan political, cultural and intellectual History (modern and contemporary periods) and is currently the principal investigator of the research project “Regiocat. Regionalism in Catalonia under the Franco regime: speeches and practices”. He is the author of different articles, chapters and books on history, the last ones: Breve historia de las Brigadas Internacionales (La Catarata, 2016) and Pasqual Maragall: pensamiento y acción (RBA, 2017). Member of the editorial board of academic journals (Rubrica Contemporanea and Dictatorships & Democracies), collaborates as a reviewer of essays in the newspaper ARA.

Project —

More or less a year ago, the violinist Joel Bardolet asked the composer Joan Magrané to write the notes for the booklet of his solo album debut (Intertwined Paths, Seedmusic, 2016). From the attentive listening of the pieces of this disc and his performance emerged the “Variations on The last rose of summer” —following the steps of Beethoven and Mendelssohn, among other composers who also wrote variations on this song—, a work that demands a great virtuosity for the performer, both in terms of technical control and in variety of expression. Indeed, performer and composer will take advantage of his stay in the Faber Residency to work closely and deeply on the piece.