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 Montjuďc, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain
Ángeles, Victoria de los 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 Montjuďc, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain Plot: Via Sant Sever. Agrupación 5Ş. Nicho especial 197. Primer Piso.
Ballester Vilaseca, Tonico (Antonio) b. August 18, 1910 d. March 8, 2001 Artist. He was born in Valencia (Comunidad Valenciana) and died in Alella (Catalunya). He was a representative of the Vanguard sculpture in the 1930s in Spain, during the Second Spanish Republic. He was the son of sculptor Antonio Ballester Aparicio and the cousin of baritone Vicente Ballester Aparicio. Also, his sisters Rosita and Manuela were artists. He was influenced for Art Decó Style. In 1929 he won the Concurso Internacional for the Monument to Independence of Uruguay. In the beginning...[Read More] (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Cementiri d'Alella (Alella), Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain
Beltrán-Masses, Federico b. 1885 d. October 4, 1949 Spanish painter. He was born in 1885 in Guaira de la Melena, Cuba, where his father was a Spanish military envoy to Cuba. After the war between the United States and Cuba ended in 1899, the family returned to Spain. Beltran-Masses studied with the painter Sorolla at l'École des Beaux-Arts de Barcelone. In 1905 he traveled to Madrid to study the esteemed collection of Spanish and European art at the Prado. In 1916 he traveled to Paris to receive an honor from the Société Nationale des Beaux-...[Read More] (Bio by: Marina) Sudoeste, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain
Berenguer I., Ramon b. 1024 d. 1076 Catalonian Monarch. He was the Count of Barcelona from 1035 to 1076. He succeeded his father, Berenguer Ramon the Crooked in 1035. It is during his reign that the dominant position of Barcelona among other Catalan counties became evident. Ramon Berenguer campaigned against the Moors. During his reign Catalan maritime power started to be felt in the Western Mediterranean. He was also the first count of Catalonia to acquire lands (counties of Carcassonne and Razés) and influence north of the...[Read More] (Bio by: Bunny Boiler) Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulŕlia, 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 Montjuďc, 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 Montjuďc, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain Plot: Vía Sant Jordi, Agrupación 7Ş. Tumba 349
Centelles, Agustí (Agustín) b. May 21, 1909 d. December 1, 1985 Photographer. He was born in El Cabanyal, Valencia. At the age of two, he moved with his father to Barcelona. In the 1920s, he began his career as graphic reporter for the newspaper "El Día Gráfico." After, he worked as free lance. When he discovered the Leica Camera, he changed the style of photographies in the spanish daily press, in a very revolution. He was the only photographer who have taken photos during the beginning of Spanish Civil war in the streets of Barcelona, in july 19, 1936...[Read More] (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Cementiri de Les Corts, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain Plot: Section 5. First Floor. Niche 8.086
Cererols, Joan b. September 9, 1618 d. August 27, 1680 Composer. A Benedictine monk, he was one of the last noteworthy composers whose style was rooted in the polyphonic Renaissance tradition. Cererols was born in Martorell, Spain. At age eight he joined the choir of the Montserrat Monastery near Barcelona and spent his entire life there, becoming a novice in 1636 and a monk in 1648. He studied music with Joan Marques and succeeded him as Montserrat's music director in 1658. Despite his cloistered existence Cererols kept informed of the outside...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Montserrat Basilica, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain
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 Montjuďc, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain
de Forcia, Sibila b. 1350 d. November 24, 1406 Queen of Aragon. Born the daughter of Berenguer de Fortiŕ and Francesca of Palau. She was married first to Artal de Foces and was then widowed. She served briefly as a lady in waiting to Queen Eleanor, third consort of Pedro IV. After Eleanor died in 1375, she became the fourth wife of Pedro IV, Rey de Aragón, in 1379. They had at least two children. Pedro died in 1387 and she spent the rest of her life outside court circles in Barcelona. Her name has also been recorded as Sybil de Tortia. (Bio by: Iola) Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulŕlia, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain
Ferrater, Gabriel b. May 20, 1922 d. April 27, 1972 Author. He was born in Reus, Tarragona, Catalunya, Spain. He moved with his parents to France, during Spanish Civil War. In 1941, they returned, but his economic situation and the politic persecution of Franco's dictatorship make that his father commited suicide. Then, he began to work as translator and critic in several magazines. In late 1950s, he began his career as poet. He knew Jaime Giel de Biedma and Carles Riba, and was included in literary Escuela de Barcelona. He become one of the...[Read More] (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Cementiri de Sant Cugat del Vallčs, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain
Figueras, Montserrat b. March 15, 1942 d. November 23, 2011 Recital Singer. A soprano, she shall be remembered for her contributions to the popularization of early music. Born Montserrat Figueras Garcia, she studied singing as a young girl with an eye toward becoming an actress. Montserrat joined the ancient music group Ars Musicae de Barcelona and in 1968 married the ensemble's viola player Jordi Savall. The pair moved to Switzerland for further study and in 1974 founded Hesperion XX (since 2000, Hesperion XXI) which focused on the presentation of 16th...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Monastery of Pedralbes, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain
Gálvez, Isaac b. May 21, 1975 d. November 26, 2006 World Champion Cyclist. Born in Vilanova i la Geltrú, Catalunya, Spain, he began competitive cycling in 1999. Along with his racing partner Juan Llaneras, he won the 2x Madison World Championship twice, in 1999 and 2006. Gálvez died in Belgium, during the "Six Days of Ghent" event, after colliding with a fellow cyclist. (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Cementiri de Vilanova i la Geltrú, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain
Gaudi (Gaudi y Cornet), Antonio b. June 25, 1852 d. June 10, 1926 The great Spanish architect studying and creating mostly in Barcelona. His most famous work is the cathedral Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, starting at 1886 and still not completed. His surrealist buildings had a formative influence on the whole picture of Barcelona. On occasion he had expressed a desire to die in a hospital among the poor people. This came to pass when he was run down by a street car. The city police didn't recognize him and seeing him as a poor man, they took him to the Holy...[Read More] Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain