We have recently been twice at the Palau de la Música: first we did the guided tour, where we could see the empty palace and then we were in a concert of film music, specifically the soundtrack of Star Wars.
With these two visits we have been able to enjoy the work of Domènech i Montaner in two very different ways: on the first visit discovering the architecture and history of the Palau and during the concert seeing its power to excite the audience with its imposing acoustic.
The guided tour of the Palau de la Música shows how it is and from where the Palau comes from. A work considered World Heritage by UNESCO that is part of the Modernism Route of Barcelona.
The Palau de la Música Catalana was commissioned by Domènech i Montaner for the Orfeó Català to be its headquarters in 1905. The architect conceived the building in great detail. He himself drew each of the sculptures and elements that we found inside the Palace. Lluís Domènech i Montaner designed and orchestrated a masterpiece.
The Palau is a work of art that encourages and enhances other people’s ability to interpret another type of art: music. Certainly, if the architect knew that there were three hundred concerts per year, he would be very proud of his work.
For a short visit to the Palau you can access a place that is closed to the public during concerts. It is the balcony that overlooks Carrer de Sant Pere Més Alt. In the columns, where the architect also made use of the trencadís, we can see floral motifs and mosaics of all colors.
Before entering the main hall of the Palau, the concert hall, we can see false balconies. These were designed with the intention of giving you the feeling that you did not enter the building until you entered the concert hall.
In the main hall of the Palau de la Música we can see that the design of the Palau was cared for in all the details.
Behind the stage, under the organ, we see the muses. These are to inspire the musicians on the stage.
It is said that the Palace is a Wagnerian building, which constitutes the total art. A sum of disciplines that make it a unique work: in it glassworkers, sculptors, painters … all directed by the conductor: the architect. The perfect coordination of all these artists caused that the Palace could be constructed in only two years and ten months.
Live a concert at the Palau de la Música
Having watched a live concert we can make sure that what is said about your acoustics is totally true. Many musicians and orchestra conductors praise this characteristic of the Palau. At certain moments of the concert, despite being far from the stage, it makes you hug.
The Palau was conceived as a concert hall of a popular nature, and nowadays it stays a bit for that purpose. Unlike other places such as the Liceu, we can see prestigious symphonies at quite affordable prices: from 25 euros (in places that are far from the stage).
And you? Have you ever been to the Palau de la Música? Think of us that it is a masterpiece?