Biography

Oscar EsplaÓscar Esplà was born in Alicante in 1886.

His training was very through, he completed a doctoral degree in Philosophy and later a degree in Industrial engineering. After which he decided to dedicate himself full time to music. Musically, he was complete the more important part of his training in Germany and Belgium. His music often contained strong references to his home land the "Levantina" region of Spain (Valencia) but often treated with a "German" technique. During the Second Spanish Republic (1931-1936), he held a teaching position at the Conservatory of Madrid and in 1954 became a member of the Saint Fernando Academy of Bellas Artes. He was the founder of the Óscar Esplà competition for composers and was great friend and mentor of the contemporary composers of the time, such as Rodrigo, Montsalvatge, Mompou and others. He was author of a series of essays, Arte and Musicality, Musical Moments, and Contemporary Music, among others.

He died in Madrid in 1976.

Work

Chamber

Year Title Opus Cíclo
1912 cuarteto de cuerda 12
1913 sonata víolin y piano 9
1915 Piano trío
1920 Cuarteto de cuerda en Sol
1927 Homenaje a Beethoven
violin, piano
1927 quinteto con piano
1928 Duo Violin y cello
1939 Sonata concertante para cuerda
1943 Cuarteto de cuerda no 2
1975 Danse de Chants d'antan
fluta y piano

Chamber orchestra

Year Title Opus Cycle
1932 Suite folklorica no. 1
1932 Suite folklorica no. 2
1937 Concierto de cámara

Choral

Year Title Opus Ciclo
1912 Coral religioso 8

Chorus & orchestra

Any Title Opus Cícle
1923 Las Cumbres
1924 Nochebuena del Diablo 19
1931 Canto rual a España
1942 Sinfonía coral un published
1948 Oratoria Profano
1949 Requiem
1968 Proclamcion de los derechos
1968 Llama de amor viva

Guitar

Year Title Opus Cíclo
1920 Tempo di sonata
1931-78 Levante suite

Orchesta

Year Title Opus Cíclo
1904 El sueño de Eros
1914 Poema de Niños
1932 Capriccio Pastoral
1958 Sinfonia Aitana 56
1969 Sinfonia de retraguardia

Organ

Year Title Opus Cícle
1908 Andante religioso
1937 Ricercare
1973 Pequeño impromptu-rondo

Piano

Year Title Opus Cíclo
1900 Tres romanzas sin palabras
1905 Romanza antigua
1905 En el Hogar 2 Impresiones musicales
1905 Barba Azul 2 Impresiones musicales
1905 Caperucita roja 2 Impresiones musicales
1905 Cenicienta 2 Impresiones musicales
1905 AntYear 2 Impresiones musicales
1906 Scherzo 5
1907 Cuatro cantos sin palabras 4
1907 Estudio fugado 1
1907 Crepusculum
1913 Evocaciones 19
1916 Cinco piezas 15
1921 Estudio Tres movimientos
para piano
1921 Danza Antigua Tres movimientos
para piano
1921 Paso doble Tres movimientos
para piano
1921 Habanera 54 Lirica espYearla vol.5
1921 Ronda serrana 54 Lirica espYearla vol.5
1921 Sonatina playera 54 Lirica espYearla vol.5
1929 Danza Levintina Cantos de antYear
1929 Berceuse Cantos de antYear
1929 Tarana Cantos de antYear
1930 Canto de Vendimia La Sierra
1930 Aire Pastorial La Sierra
1930 Danza Levintina La Sierra
1949 Sonata espYearla 53

Piano & Orchestra

Year Title Opus Cícle
1928 Sonata del Sur 52

Soprano & Orchestra

Year Titulo Opus Cíclo
1924 Mistero de Elche
1927 Canciones Playeras
1927 Soledades
1929 Campo de Cruces

Voice y piano

Year Title Opus Cíclo
1940 Lirica espYearla Vol. III
1956 Cantiga Alfonso X

Gallery

Óscar Esplà amb Montsalvatge (derecha), en Alicante, a raíz del estreno de "Partita 1958" de este último. Uno de los jurados del Premio Óscar Esplà. De izquierda a derecha: Montsalvatge, Godofredo Petrassi, Esplà, André Jolivet y Antonio Iglesias (1972).