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Nosaltres, els grallers (We the shawm players)

Tritó has reissued Nosaltres, els grallers on its Amalgama imprint. This monumental work is the result of many years of investigation and research carried out by Blai Fontanals and the Escola de Grallers (Shawm Players’ School) in Sitges, steadily and doggedly gathering information, much of which would now be lost because many of the sources have disappeared in the meantime. The publication, which was first issued in 1996, is an comprehensive compendium of the world of shawm players, from their origins in the 18th century up to the second half of the 20th century. The book is organised into three blocks: the first section is devoted to a thorough historical presentation of the instrument, from its origins and background to the present day, paying special attention to the so-called Golden Age of the shawm, the period ranging from the last third of the 19th century to the early 20th century. The second part focuses on the characteristics of the instrument and the surrounding context: music transcriptions, makers, design, musicians and traditional techniques, composers and first recordings. Finally, as a focus for all the content, a list and description of all documented shawm-players has been included, ordered by towns and districts. This edition counts on a prologue by Xavier Orriols and also the collaboration of Xavier Bayer and Joan Cuscó. “Nosaltres, els grallers” constitutes a major reference work in the world of shawm players and Catalan traditional music in general. It is a primary source for the serious study and the recovery of an important part of Catalan popular culture from the last two centuries, the shawm and its players. Above all, it dignifies the status of this instrument – which is so essentially Catalan – and everything linked to it: the groups of shawm players and their relationship with the traditional festivals in Catalonia. Link to Nosaltres, els grallers >