Palau Boix, Manuel

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Palau Boix, Manuel

Palau Boix, Manuel, Spanish conductor, teacher, and composer; b. Alfara de Patriarca, Jan. 4, 1893; d. Valencia, Feb. 18, 1967. He studied first at the Valencia Cons., and later in Paris, where he took lessons from Koechlin and Ravel. Returning to Valencia, he established himself as a teacher, conductor, and composer. Most of his thematic material is inspired by Catalan folk songs; his instrumental music usually bears programmatic content; his technique of composition follows the French impressionist procedures.


orch.:Poemas de juventud (1926); Gongoriana (1927); Siluetas (1928); Homenaje a Debussy (1929); Valencia for Piano and Orch. (1936); Marcha burlesca (1936); Divertimento (1938); Poèmes de Hum (1939); 3 syms. (1945, 1946, 1950); Concierto dramático for Piano and Orch. (1948); Mascarada sarcastica (1949). other: Zarzuelas; chamber works; piano pieces; choral music; songs.


A. Mingote, M. P. (Valencia, 1946); F. León Tello, La obra pianistica de M. P. (Valencia, 1956).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire