by Jordi Maluquer
Violoncellist Joaquim Homs is about to be 95 years old and he
has composed more than two hundred pieces of music, even though
his works are not very well-known to the general public. Jordi
Maluquer has written a commentary on Joaquim Homs's figure in
the hope that some conductor might fall in love with his music
and decide to record his symphonic works.
Writing a commentary on Joaquim Homs's figure is a complex task.
Firstly because of the sheer volume of this composer's musical
production. It has required great patience to manage to classify
his more than two hundred works. Secondly, in view of the fact
that, for the most part, those works - more especially the symphonic
pieces - have never been performed in front of an audience. Thirdly,
because of the particular line Homs took as a pioneer and an explorer
of musical forms; he has always been so ahead of his time that
both hearers and commentators are really hard pushed to put his
works into perspective.
Moreover, the diffusion of Joaquim Homs's musical production was
interrupted by the outbreak of the Spanish civil war. (...)