Bach's music fills the La Boqueria market thanks to 22 cellists

Barcelona, ​​Mar 31. (EFE) .- The music of the composer Johann Sebastian Bach has filled the popular Barcelona market of La Boqueria this morning, in a peculiar concert in which 22 cellists have performed great pieces by the German musician to celebrate the anniversary of his birth and bring his music to the passing public.

In this way, the people of Barcelona who took advantage of their morning to go shopping at the La Rambla market this Wednesday found a classical music concert between the fruit and meat stalls, a peculiar situation that pleasantly surprised those present.

Following the international movement 'Bach in the subways', which emerged in 2011 in the New York subway with the aim of bringing classical music closer to New Yorkers, the Boqueria and the Liceu have joined this initiative to "make music be accessible to everyone ”, said the general director of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Valentí Oviedo.

"In these times of pandemic in which solidarity between one and the other is more necessary than ever to get ahead, I think doing it with music is a very good initiative," he said.

Following the essence of the project, La Boqueria has hosted the concert of the 22 cellists, five of which are part of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, as well as the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya and various conservatories, who wear street clothes and in an unusual environment they have performed different works by Bach throughout the morning.

Intermingling with the murmurs of people and the characteristic sound of the market, the music of the cello has surprised an audience that, in the middle of their purchases, has been able to enjoy great pieces by the composer.

Juliana, a lifelong resident of the Ramblas and a regular customer in the market, was moved when this morning she came across the concert, which she considered "a fantastic proposal to brighten up times that are being very hard for everyone. ", while bringing a type of music that" not many can enjoy. "

The employees of the bus stops were also surprised when, at 10 in the morning, they began to hear Bach's compositions, which accompanied them until noon.

The owner of one of the stalls, who enjoyed the concert between sales and sales, has been happy about the initiative and has considered that everything that is "promotion and joy in these times is welcome."

For the musicians, this experience has been an opportunity, since due to the pandemic "in these times to do a live concert is a glory", said the cellist from the Liceu Guillaume Terrail.

Bach was one of the first composers who gave an important role to this instrument in their works, and for this reason the cello has been the only protagonist of the program, in solos, duets, and choral pieces with up to 12 musicians.


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