On 19 and 20 March, the Pyrenean Symphony
by Jesús Guridi
(1886-1961) was presented in Madrid as part of this season’s ORTVE programming
at its home in the Teatro Monumental in Madrid. The conductor was Pablo Gonzalez.
In this work Guridi evokes “the spirit of the mountains and the dangers existing there”. It is a very colourful work with descriptive traits. Its modal and rhythmic character clearly expresses the composer’s inspiration in Basque popular music, translated in this work into the characteristic symphonic language of the 20th century.
The writer Gerardo Diego summed up his impressions of the work in a review where he concluded as follows: “And Spanish music can now lay claim to a symphony that may be compared without hesitation with the illustrious Alpine, Cevennian and Carpathian heights and pinnacles of the musical landscape.”