Albeniz, Isaac (Manuel Francisco) b. May 29, 1860 d. May 18, 1909 Composer. A leading figure in the Nationalist movement of Spanish music, his renown rests chiefly on his keyboard works, which combine traditional Spanish folk material with a modern pianistic idiom. "Iberia", a collection of "impressions for piano" published in four books between 1905 and 1909, is considered his masterpiece. Born in Camprodon, Catalonia, Spain, he was a child prodigy at the piano, making his performing debut at age four and embarking on his first international tour at 15. He...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Cementiri de Montjuïc, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain
Blasco, Jesús b. November 30, 1919 d. October 21, 1995 Illustrator. He was born in Barcelona, Catalunya. He is considered to be one of the masters of Spanish comics, making his debut in 1935, when his first illustrations were published in the Spanish version of the magazine "Mickey." For "Boliche" magazine, he created "Cuto" one of his best-known characters. In the beginning of the 1950s, Blasco started an international career with the British publisher Fleetway, for which he started off by drawing "Buffalo Bill" for "Comet" (1954) and "Billy the...[Read More] (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Cementiri de Montjuïc, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain Plot: Section Sant Agustí. Agrupació 14. Grave 207.
Cabré, Mario b. January 6, 1916 d. July 1, 1990 Actor, Author, Bullfighter. Born Mario Cabré i Esteve in Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain, he was the member of a family of artists. He published poetry throughout his life and won the Ciudad de Barcelona Award for his book "Maramor". But he is best remembered as an actor and bullfighter. In 1943 he debuted in the bullring of Las Ventas in Madrid and later entered the cinema. During the shooting of the film "Pandora and the Flying Dutchman" (1951), Cabré had a passionate romance with Ava Gardner...[Read More] (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Cementiri de Montjuïc, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain Plot: Vía Sant Jordi, Agrupación 7ª. Tumba 349
Companys, Lluís b. June 21, 1882 d. October 15, 1940 Lluís Companys i Jover (Tarrós 21-06-1882, Barcelona 15-10-1940). Catalan Politician and leader of Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya. He served as minister of Navy of the Sapnish Republic and President of the Catalan Parliament. In 1933 he became President of the Generalitat de Catalunya, the Catalan Government. He was the Catalan President during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). After the War he exiled to France in 1939. In September 1940 he was arrested and extradited to Spain by German...[Read More] (Bio by: Algernon Moncrieff) Cementiri de Montjuïc, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain
de los Ángeles, Victoria b. November 1, 1923 d. January 15, 2005 Spanish Opera Singer. In 1944 she made her debut in a recital at the Palay de la Musica Catalana and several months later made her operatic debut as the Countess in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro at the Gran Teatro del Liceo in Barcelona. In 1947 she won the Geneva International Singing Competition, which brought her to the attention of the BBC, for whom she was invited to sing the part of Salud in de Falla's La Vida breve. Her debut at the Paris Opéra in 1949 was a triumph and the following year...[Read More] (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Cause of death: Respiratory problems Cementiri de Montjuïc, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain Plot: Via Sant Sever. Agrupación 5ª. Nicho especial 197. Primer Piso.
Goytisolo, José Agustín b. April 13, 1928 d. March 19, 1999 Author. Born in Barcelona, Goytisolo was one of the most respected Spanish poets of the postwar generation. During the Spanish Civil War his mother died in a bombing raid, an experience that marked him profoundly. His many works include "Elegías a Julia Gay," "El Retorno," "Algo Sucede," "Final de un Adiós," "Salmos al Viento," "Claridad," "Del Tiempo y del Olvido" and "Como los Trenes de la Noche." He died in an accidental fall at his home. (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Cementiri de Montjuïc, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain Plot: Via Sant Pere. Agrupación 1ª. Panteón 17
Guimerà, Àngel b. May 6, 1845 d. July 18, 1924 Author. He is considered one of the most significant Spanish writers in the Catalan language. Born in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Guimerà moved to Catalonia with his family at an early age. He began his career as a poet and he won several poetry contests. From 1870, Guimerà wrote several popular plays, wich contributed to the revival of Catalan as a literary language in the period known as Renaixença. His best remembered work is his play "Terra Baixa" ("Lowlands", also translated...[Read More] (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Cementiri de Montjuïc, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain
Guiu, Armand Matías b. November 27, 1925 d. October 12, 2004 Journalist. He was born Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain. He began his career as scriptwriter for stage and for Radio Barcelona and Ser. Soon, he worked for the newspapers and several magazines for children such as "DDT," "Mortadelo" and "Tiovivo." But he is fondly remembered for his section of humour, "Diálogo para Besugos." As writer, he published "Qué Penses Desprès de Fer-ho?" and "El Misteri de la Porta Tancada." He also worked in cinema and television and was awarded with Premio Ondas. He died...[Read More] (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Cementiri de Montjuïc, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain Plot: Via Sant Frances. Agrupación 9ª. Nicho 2799. Tercer piso.
Lázaro, Hipólito b. September 13, 1887 d. May 14, 1974 Opera Singer. He was born (some sources say December) in Barcelona, Catalunya. At the age of 23, he debuted at the Teatro de Novedades in Barcelona in Donizetti's "La Favorita," followed by "Rigoletto," "L'Africana," "Il Trovatore," "Carmen" and "Aida" in Valencia and "Tosca" in Palma de Mallorca. His Italian debut came late 1910 in "Rigoletto" at the Teatro Tosi-Borghi in Ferrara. He played Mascagni's "Isabeau" in Genova's Teatro Carlo Felice in January 1913, conducted by Mascagni himself. Lá...[Read More] (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Cementiri de Montjuïc, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain Plot: Via Sant Jordi. Agrupació 6ª
Meller, Raquel b. March 9, 1888 d. July 26, 1962 Actress and Singer. Born Francisca Marqués López, Meller was the first Spanish popular singer to succeed in Europe and the Americas. Best remembered in "Violettes impériales" (1924) and "Carmen" (1926). (Bio by: MC) Cementiri de Montjuïc, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain
Miró, Joan b. April 20, 1893 d. December 25, 1983 Acclaimed Spanish painter, sculptor and ceramist. He is included in the surrealist and abstract movement. Among his works: "La Terra Llaurada," "La Masía," "El Segador," "Interior Holandés," "Ocell Llunar," and "La Dona i el Ocell." (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Cementiri de Montjuïc, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain Plot: Familiar Pantheon
Mompou, Frederic b. April 16, 1893 d. June 30, 1987 Composer. Most of his works are solo piano pieces and art songs. Mompou's austere, otherworldly style stripped harmonic and rhythmic development down to their barest essentials, and he has been hailed as a forerunner of Minimalism. He once said, "My only desire is to write music in which nothing is missing and nothing is superfluous". Frederic Mompou i Dencausse was born in Barcelona, Spain, of French descent. He studied piano at his hometown's Conservatorio del Liceo and made his...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Cementiri de Montjuïc, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain
Pedrolo, Manuel de b. April 1, 1918 d. June 25, 1990 Writer and Translator. He was born in L'Aranyó (Segarra) and died in Barcelona (Catalunya). He suffered the censorship during Franco's dictatorship, that forbade ten of his books. He was one of the most prolific writers in catalan language. He is best remembered for his book of science-fiction "Mecanoscrit del Segon Origen," about the destruction of the world, and the lifes of only two survivors, one white woman and a black child. Among his works that include poems, short stories, novels and...[Read More] (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Cementiri de Montjuïc, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain Plot: Niche 2186
Roig, Montserrat b. June 13, 1946 d. November 10, 1991 Awarded-winning Catalonian Writer. In her youth, she fought against Franco's dictatorship. Her books include "El Cant de la Joventut," "L'Àguila Daurada," "Ramona, Adéu," "El Temps de les Cireres," "L'Hora Violeta," "La Veu Melodiosa" and "Digues que m'estimes encara que sigui mentida." (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Cause of death: Cancer Cementiri de Montjuïc, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain Plot: Via de Sant Francesc. Agrupacion 9ª. Nicho columbario B. Número 12520
Salvat Papasseit, Joan b. May 16, 1894 d. August 7, 1924 Author, Journalist. He was born in Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain. He began his work as journalist in the magazines "Los Miserables" and "Un Enemic del Poble." Later, Salvat began his career as a poet, becoming one of the most respected writers of his time, and a representative of the futurism style. His work is notable for its nonconformity, idealism and the foreboding of a premature death. He is remembered for his books "Humo de Fábrica," "Poemes de Ondes Hertzianes" (Poems in Herzian Waves), "L'...[Read More] (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Cementiri de Montjuïc, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain
Samaranch, Juan Antonio b. July 17, 1920 d. April 21, 2010 Sports Executive, Ambassador. He served as the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) from July 1980 to July 2001. He was forced to serve during the 1936 Spanish Civil War with the Spanish Republicans, before escaping to France, where he pledged his allegiance and support to the pro fascist uprising led by General Francisco Franco. From 1977 to 1980 he served as Spain's ambassador to both the Soviet Union...[Read More] (Bio by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.) Cementiri de Montjuïc, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain
Verdaguer, Jacint b. May 17, 1845 d. June 10, 1902 Poet and Priest. Full name Jacint Verdaguer i Santaló. Spain's most representative Catalan writer of the 19th Century, he contributed to the renaissance of Catalan language and culture from a Catholic and conservative position. His works include lyrical and epic poetry, prose, journalism and travel writings. (Bio by: Algernon Moncrieff) Cementiri de Montjuïc, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain
Vilches, Ernesto b. February 6, 1879 d. December 7, 1954 Actor. He was born in Tarragona and died in Barcelona (Catalunya). In early twenty century, he debuted on stage, and toured for Spain and South America. His first triumph was in the play "Las de Caín". Later, he appeared on "Rafles," "La Malquerida" with actress María Fernanda Ladrón de Guevara, "El Amigo Thedy," "Wu-Li-Chang," "La Muchacha que Todo lo Tiene" and "El Eterno Don Juan." In 1952, he was awarded with the Premio Nacional de Interpretación. On Screen, he appeared in Spanish versions...[Read More] (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Cementiri de Montjuïc, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain
Viñas i Dordal, Francesc b. March 27, 1863 d. July 14, 1933 Opera Singer. He was born in Moià, Bages, Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain. He debuted in 1887 in Teatre Liceu of Barcelona with the opera "Lohengrin," that earned him a big success, becoming, according opera critics, one of the best singers of this play. In the same year, he played "Mefistofele" in Teatro Principal in Valencia. Two years later, he debuted in the Scala and touring around Naples, Genova and Milan. In his repertory, also played "Parsifal," "L'Africana," "Cavalleria Rusticana," "...[Read More] (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Cementiri de Montjuïc, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain