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Banda Sinfónica Municipal de Madrid

Sede/Head office:
Avda. de Portugal, s/n Pabellón 12
28011 Madrid
Teléfono/Telephone: (+34) 91 526 71 47
Fax: (+34) 91 526 71 58
Web: www.munimadrid.es
e-mail: bsinfonica@munimadrid.es
gasensio@munimadrid.es


Director/Conductor: Enrique García Asensio
Subdirector/Assistant Conductor: Juan Foriscot Riba
Profesor Archivero/Archive Professor: José A. Raga Ferrer
Profesor Ayudante de Archivo/
Assistant Archive Professor:
Humberto Martinez Aguilar





The recent history of Spanish music owes a lot to bands. In this case we are going to examine the Banda Sinfónica Municipal de Madrid, a model of its kind for its condition of “symphonic” endowing it deep string instruments, added to the traditional wind instruments in bands. In our band, we see an institution strongly rooted in the cultural consciousness of the citizens of Madrid, even those who do not go to its concerts, but would be concerned about the provisional suspension of them and would angrily protest if they disappeared.


The Banda Sinfónica Municipal celebrated (on June 2nd of this year) the first centenary since its first concert in the Teatro Español de Madrid. The first conductor of the Banda Municipal de Madrid was the renowned Ricardo Villa, composer and maestro from Madrid, very much admired by Sarasate, who he conducted on more than one occasion in his orchestral performances. The first assistant conductor was José Garay, and later on, the clarinettist Miguel Yuste. During the first decade of existence, Villa conducted more than a thousand concerts and during the second, until 1930, nine hundred, featuring premieres of more than one hundred works. If we look at the repertoire performed (works by Esplá, Respighi, Ravel, Mussorgsky, etc.) we can have an idea of the level the Band reached in that period. Undoubtedly, the acceptance of such complex music for listeners, like Wagner was at that time can be explained by the work developed by the Band in hundreds of concerts.


After Ricardo Villa came another great maestro, Pablo Sorozábal as conductor, starting his performances in May 1936 on the verge of the war. In his memoirs, Mi vida y mi obra (My Life and My Works), Sorozábal dedicated beautiful pages to the band, an obliged survivor in that time of tribulation and defencelessness. Sorozabal was followed by Manuel López Varela, who received the baton from the temporary maestro José María Martín Domingo. On December 20th 1944 a top level programme was performed in the Teatro Español: Weber’s The Poacher, Ravel’s Daphne and Chloe, Respighi’s The Pines of Rome; Stravinsky’s Firebird; Falla’s dances of La vida breve (The Short Life), Villa’s La canción de la maja and the Prelude of Chapi’s La Revoltosa. López Varela, who was a magnificent transcriber, was succeeded by Jesus Arambarri, who left a set of very important recordings for the Band. After the death of Arámbarri who, like López Varela, died in active service, the Castilian composer Victorino Echevarría arrived, a maestro of considerable knowledge whose works are not well known. After Echevarria, the Basque maestro Rodrigo A. de Santiago, prolific composer of an advanced aesthetic took over the band. He was followed by Moisés Davia Soriano from Albacete and educated with figures so important in the world of bands, like Ricardo Dorado and the mentioned Echevarría. Davia was followed by Pablo Sánchez Torella, who came from the Banda Municipal de Valencia and the Unión Musical de Liria, and finally, in 1993, the prestigious conductor Enrique García Asensio came to the Banda Sinfónica Municipal, belonging to an illustrious family of musicians, assistant for a time with maestro Celibidache and with an extensive international career. It is also fair to name assistant conductors of the Band like Julio Molina, Ignacio Hidalgo and the current one Juan Foriscot, educated in Barcelona and Paris. Moreover, at this time of the centenary of its foundation we should remember with gratitude the hundreds of professors that have passed through it, such well known figures as Julián Menéndez, Manuel Lillo, Carmelo Bernaola, Jesús Villa Rojo, etc.


From its 2009 winter series (until March) in the Teatro Monumental to those of spring and summer in the Pavilion of el Retiro and, in autumn returning again to the Monumental, the Band will pay homage to its conductors and assistant conductors throughout its hundred years of existence. There will also be commemorative concerts on Ruperto Chapi and Isaac Albeniz’s anniversaries. The Band has extended its performances to the districts and is always followed with enthusiasm and passion by a great number of music lovers grateful for its work of supporting the music of Spanish composers. Let’s hope it continues in this way another hundred years and many more.


Recordings

>> El Pasodoble....................................................................................... CD and MC
>> Maestros del Pasodoble................................................................... CD and MC
>> Pasodobles Taurinos......................................................................... CD and MC
>> Premios Maestro Villa........................................................................ CD
>> Obras para Banda de Compositores Valencianos......................... CD
>> Homenaje a Jacinto Guerrero............................................................ CD and MC
>> Festival de La Zarzuela...................................................................... CD and MC
>> Homenaje a Francisco Barbieri......................................................... CD and MC
>> Viva lo Nuestro................................................................................... CD
>> Joaquín Rodrigo (Música para Banda)........................................... CD
>> Francisco Alonso (Música para Banda)......................................... CD
>> Premios Maestro Villa (0bras para Banda)...................................... CD
>> Homenaje a Manolo Gracia............................................................... CD
>> Obras para Banda de Compositores Valencianos (no 3)............... CD
>> Obras para Banda de Compositores Valencianos (no 4)............... CD
>> “Fiesta Mediterránea” Homenaje a Manuel Lillo........................... CD
>> Homenaje al Maestro Asins Arbó.................................................... CD