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Joan Lamote de Grignon
Joan Lamote studied at the Conservatori del Liceu, where he later worked as a teacher. He married Florentina Ribas, with whom in 1899 he had his only son, Ricard. He devoted his time to composing with works like La Gavota (the Gavotte) in D minor, Sis cançons catalanes (Six Catalan songs), Imogina and L’Angelo. His ideological and musical training was consolidated during the Modernist period, which influenced him strongly.

With works like the symphonic poem Médona, the oratorio La Nit de Nadal (Christmas Eve), written in 1902, and the lyrical poem Hesperia, Joan Lamote stood out for his compositional maturity at the turn of the century. 1902 was also the year of his public presentation as orchestral conductor, on being chosen by l’Associació Musical de Barcelona, to direct an unofficial orchestra. With this orchestra he not only won great prestige amongst the general public, but also managed to introduce works of many different styles and by little known composers.

Although in 1910 he was not accepted to conduct the Banda Municipal de Barcelona (Barcelona Municipal Band), in 1914 the municipal decision was overruled and Joan Lamote de Grignon began to direct the Band. At that point, however, he had already set up what would be the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona, (Barcelona Symphonic Orchestra), with the support of the Associació Musical de Barcelona. The excess of work was not well seen by the association, which withdrew its economic support from the orchestra.

He carried out a major task of renovation with the Band, which received the praises of Richard Strauss, who invited the Band to Germany to serve as a model for other ensembles. Joan Lamote’s efforts were increasingly acclaimed by the musical world and by the public in general. Another important milestone was the participation of the Band at the 1929 International Exhibition in Barcelona. Even though the number of concerts decreased due to the outbreak of the war, the Band continued to fulfill the expectations of its audience.

Joan Lamote de Grignon

(Barcelona, 1872-1949)

Composer and Conductor.

He mainly worked in Catalonia and Valencia.

With the new political regime in power, Joan Lamote and his son Ricard were accused of carrying out defamatory activities and he was deprived of the direction of the Band. At 71 years of age, he was invited to Valencia to set up a new ensemble, the Orquestra Simfònica de València (Valencia Symphonic Orchestra), which he conducted together with his son. In 1944 his wife died, and he remarried two years later. When the contract in Valencia came to an end, he decided not to renew it and came back to Barcelona. There he was able to conduct a number of orchestras like the Filarmònica, with which he gave his last concert in 1949. He died in March of that same year. In spite of the silence of the institutions towards a person who had dedicated himself to the musical enlargement of the city, the people of Barcelona and all the musical profession paid homage to the elderly maestro.