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36th Anniversary of Pau Casals’ Death


36th Anniversary of Pau Casals’ Death Today marks the 36th anniversary of the death of Pau Casals on 22 October 1973 at the Hospital de Auxilio Mutuo in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Pau Casals’ coffin was taken to his home in Río Piedras, where his family and friends paid him their final tribute. The next day, wrapped in the flags of Catalonia and Puerto Rico, it was transferred to the great rotunda of the Capitol, the seat of the government of Puerto Rico, where thousands of Puerto Ricans went to pay homage to the great musician while the Symphony Orchestra of Puerto Rico played the Funeral March of Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony and, with Olga Iglesias and the Choir of the Music Conservatory, various fragments of El Pessebre. After a mass at the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Piedad in Isla Verde, he was buried at the Memorial Cemetery of Puerto Rico.

To commemorate this day, at six o’clock in the afternoon the Pau Casals Musical Association of El Vendrell will be making the traditional floral offering at the Maestro’s tomb, a ceremony that is open to all institutions and organisations, and it will host a concert of the King’s College-Taunton Chapel Choir in the church of El Vendrell at nine o’clock in the evening.

Foundation Pau Casals

Avinguda Palfuriana, 67
43880 Sant Salvador, El Vendrell

Museum: +34 977 684 276
Foundation: +34 933 192 021

Fax. +34 977 684 783

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