Garreta, Julio, Catalan composer; b. San Feliu, March 12, 1875; d. there, Dec. 2, 1925. Entirely self-taught, he learned piano and composition. He wrote a great number of “sardanas” (the Catalan national dance). A friendship with Casals stimulated several larger works, including his Impressions symphoniques for String Orch., which was performed in Barcelona on Oct. 29, 1907. His Suite Empordanesa for Orch. received 1st prize at the Catalan Festival in 1920. He also wrote a Cello Sonata, a Piano Sonata, and a Piano Quartet.
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