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Eduardo Toldrá, born in Villanova y la Geltrú, was a prodigy on the violin, giving his first public concert at the age of seven. He studied in Barcelona and other European cities to broaden his musical knowledge. He formed a chamber trio in 1909 and 2 years later the Renaissance Quartet, which he lead on important tours in France and Germany and with which he presented for the first time in Barcelona (1916) the cycle of the Beethoven Quartets. He was also a professor of violin and an expert orchestral conductor. In 1941 he established the Municipal Orchestra of Barcelona for which he devoted much important work such as the premiere of La Atlántida, the posthumous grand oratorio of Manuel de Falla. As a composer he gained recognition for opera, El giravolt de maig (1928) and La filla del marxant (1935), symphonic music, Suite en mi (1919) and La maldición del Conde Arnau (1930), chamber music, the Quartet ‘Vistas al mar’ (1921), and many concert works of great importance such as La rosa als llavis (1936).
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