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Jose Broca

Postby Schönberg » Fri Apr 18, 2008 4:47 pm

Hello guys,
I hope this is the right subforum for this matter...
The thing is that I'd like to know a bit more about Jose Broca. There is very little which can be found by googling and by searching the forums here: date of birth and death and some titles of his works. There is no Wikipedia entry either...

A starting question would be: where was he active?

Cheers,
Schö.

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Re: Jose Broca

Postby ramsnake » Fri Apr 18, 2008 11:28 pm

"Although mainly self-taught, Broca had some lessons in his youth from the celebrated Dionisio Aguado. After a period in the french army he established himself as a teacher and performer in Barcelona, and he was renowned in particular for his elegant playing of the works of Sor. In addition he introduced some of the more important Aguado studies from the latter's Method into his concert programmes, a practice which which has continued into this century. He was a friend of Julian Arcas and the teacher of jose Ferrer."
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Re: Jose Broca

Postby Whooper » Fri Apr 18, 2008 11:46 pm

Though I know little about Jose Broca, I have played his "Una Flor(Mazurka)" and "Un Adios".
Both are small work in D-dur but quite marvellous and impressive.

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Schönberg

Re: Jose Broca

Postby Schönberg » Sat Apr 19, 2008 11:30 am

ramsnake, thanks!
This is exactly the kind of info I was looking for! Interesting that he had lessons with Aguado.
Cheers,
Schö.

Hendra

Re: Jose Broca

Postby Hendra » Thu Jan 22, 2009 2:16 am

I currently try to play "El Elegante" which is very nice to hear I believe.

nico cojo

Re: Jose Broca

Postby nico cojo » Thu Sep 10, 2009 11:19 pm

Interesting. Is there more info available ?
Thanx anyway :).

avoz

Re: Jose Broca

Postby avoz » Fri Sep 11, 2009 4:33 pm

The Hungarian guitarist/lutenist Daniel Benko published a collection of five pieces: Recuerdo Triste, Andante Sentimental, Tema con Variationes, Andante in D and Vals in E (publisher Editio Musica Budapest, Z.8747) and David Russell broadcast two or three of these in a BBC Radio 3 recital a few years ago. They are composed in a charming late-Romantic 'salon' style. The publication does not give any biographical information, but perhaps some could be found in 'The Guitar & Mandolin' by Philip J. Bone or Domingo Prat's 'Diccionario....'

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Re: Jose Broca

Postby Ryan Nitz » Sun Sep 13, 2009 4:50 pm

There's a book published by Tecla that you should try to get a hold of - La Guitarra en Cataluña 1769-1939 by Josep Maria Mangado y Artigas. It contains biographical & historical information, location of manuscripts, etc. for Broca, Viñas, Bosch, Mas, Nogues, Alba, Romea & Sirera. I came across it while doing some initial research in to the possibility of a dissertation project on Broca & his works. I don't know if any translations have been published yet, last I knew it was only available in Spanish. Anyway, it's a great resource and I've found this book very helpful.

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Re: Jose Broca

Postby Ryan Nitz » Sun Sep 13, 2009 4:58 pm

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention this - if you're looking for more of Broca's compositions (as well as a ton of other really great and sometimes hard-to-come-by guitar music), the International Guitar Research Archive housed at California State University, Northridge has an almost complete collection of his works. Ron Purcell is the IGRA director and you can contact him via their web page; they're very helpful and easy to work with.

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Re: Jose Broca

Postby sxedio » Sun Sep 13, 2009 5:44 pm

avoz wrote:The publication does not give any biographical information, but perhaps some could be found in 'The Guitar & Mandolin' by Philip J. Bone


The first edition (1914) of this book is out of copyright and you can find scanned versions if you google title and author.
(Gr) (En) (very little Fr)

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Re: Jose Broca

Postby 19thcenturyguitarist » Sun Apr 03, 2011 6:40 pm

Jose broca is my favorite spanish catalan composer ever. His music is so beautiful, charming, and of coarse romantic! if you google broca you can find lots of his music for sale and for download. if you go to youtube you will find more than a handful of players representing broca as well. I have been to countless guitar concerts and sadly no one has ever played
broca :(
....though i have ! :) :D Recuerdo Triste Op.15 and Andante Sentimental Op.21.................................................................................

Here are the known works of jose broca.

Op1 six waltzes Op2 ElCatalan Op3Allegretto Op4Un Audios Op5Andante
Op6 El Ay Op7 Fantasia in C Op8 Una Flor Op9Pensamiento Fantasy (david russell recorded this on his spanish cd) Op10 El cortesano Op11Fantasia
Op12El Patinador Op13La Amistad Op14 El Destino Op15 recuerdo triste Op16El Elegante Op17El Veloz Op18Three pieces Op19Three waltzes Op20El ultimo Canto Op21 Andante Sentinental Op22Varsoviana Op23 Waltz.

I could only trace 23 opus works by broca. If anyone knows more PLEASE post them. :merci:

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Re: Jose Broca

Postby 19thcenturyguitarist » Sat Apr 30, 2011 8:20 am

avoz wrote:The Hungarian guitarist/lutenist Daniel Benko published a collection of five pieces: Recuerdo Triste, Andante Sentimental, Tema con Variationes, Andante in D and Vals in E (publisher Editio Musica Budapest, Z.8747) and David Russell broadcast two or three of these in a BBC Radio 3 recital a few years ago. They are composed in a charming late-Romantic 'salon' style. The publication does not give any biographical information, but perhaps some could be found in 'The Guitar & Mandolin' by Philip J. Bone or Domingo Prat's 'Diccionario....'


Just read the Bone Bio of guitarists,,,,nope Broca isnt in there. I am positive he is in Prat's dictionary.

lleiro

Re: Jose Broca

Postby lleiro » Tue May 03, 2011 6:48 am

This is from Domingo Prat's Guitarist's Dictionary

"BROCA CODINA, ]osê.»-Guitarrista y compositor, español. Nació en Reus, provincia de Tarragona el 21 de Septiembre de 1805. Desde niño demostró una gran in-
clinación hacia la música, por lo cual su padre le hizo estudiar el solfeo con el maestro de Capilla de Reus, al propio tiempo que cantaba en las funciones religiosas de
la misma Parroquia. Su predilección por la guitarra la
manifestó desde su infancia. En los primeros años la tocaba empincamente; pero más tarde en posesión completa del solfeo, realizó estudios serios con el "Método de
Aguado". Aunque Brocá fué un autodidacta, recibió en
su juventud algunas lecciones del propio Dionisio Aguado, las que abriéndole nuevos horizontes completaron su formación artistica. Devoto de la música de Sor. inter-
pretaba exquisitamente sus obras, aun las más dificiles. A su amplitud de mecanismo unía ei gusto más refinado. La limpieza acrisolada, su colorido de variados y bellos
matices y la suavidad y dulzura en los pasajes delicados, hicieron que resplandeciera como intérprete ideal en lassesiones que en los años 1840 y 1841 dió en Barce-
lona. El primer periodo de su juventud lo consagró a la enseñanza de la guitarra en su ciudad natal, hasta que en 1833 tomó las armas, ingresando en los cuerpos fran-
cos, en lo cuales permaneció hasta 1840. En estas filas liberales, por cuyo ideal sentía gran entusiasmo, hizo la campaña de la guerra de los siete años, a la conclusión de la cual fué herido en una pierna. Fijó entonces su residencia en Barcelona, estableciéndose como profesor de guitarra. Su presentación artistica la realizó en un concierto, en el que además de ejecutar obras de Sor, dió
a conocer los Estudios más importantes del "Método de Aguado". Según dejaron consignado testigos de aquella época, los tocaba maravillosamente. Lo que más llamó la atencién fué la manera de articular los dedos de la mano derecha, con la que resolvia facilmente las mayores dificultades en los pasajes de arpegios. Desde 1854
hasta 1856 figuré nuevamente en las filas del ejército, retirandose con el grado de capitan, fijando entonces. por segunda vez y ya definitivamente, su residencia en
la ciudad condal. Lego a la posteridad un buen numero de obras (fantasias, valses, andantes, etc.) todas de fluida inspiracién y elegante factura. A pesar de la evolu-
cién musical de nuestros dias, pueden considerarse todavia algunas de ellas, como de actualidad. De su labor pedagogica, a la que consagré sus mayores energias, fructificaron numerosos discipulos. De ellos cabe citar: Cristina Palmer, que se distinguio como ejecutante de primera linea; Domingo Bonet, que continué la trayectoria didactica de su maestro y Miguel Mas Bargallo. También de
sus mas preclaros discipulos fué Iosé Ferrer y Esteve, quien le dedica su obra "Recuerdos de Montgri", leyéndose esta afectuosa dedicatoria: "Me complazco en dedicar a Vd. la presente obra original, fruto de mis ocios,
persuadido de que aceptara Vd. gustoso esta ofrenda como expresién de mi sincera amistad. Aprovecho esta ocasion para manifestar a Vd. mi gratitud, recordando que
mucha parte de mis adelantos en la guitarra los debo a Vd. .cuya habilidad y buen gusto me embelesaron tantas veces. Con esta ocasién se repite de Vd. su affmo.
amigo y S. S. Q. B. S. M.-]. Ferrer y Esteve.»-BarceIona, 30 Noviembre de 1873". E1 maestro a su vez le dedica "La Amistad", Fantasia, con Introduccion, tema y
3 Variaciones. De su amistad con el célebre Iulian Arcas tenemos noticias por lo que dice al dedicarle su Sinfonia "Mi Segunda Epoca". Los ultimos aios del distinguido
maestro catalan fueron doblemente tristes por no poder tocar la guitarra: estaba imposibilitado de un ataque apoplético, sufriendo durante mas de diez afios de paralisis, o sea hasta sus ultimos dias, falleciendo en la ciudad de Barcelona el 3 de Febrero de 1882. (Notas de F. Pedrell y Dicc. de Barcelona, 1929)."

Google Translate: "Broca CODINA,] Jose. "Guitarist and composer, Spanish. Born in Reus, Tarragona province on September 21, 1805. From child showed a large in-
inclination towards music, which his father made him study music theory with the teacher Reus Chapel, at the same time singing in religious functions
the same parish. His predilection for the guitar
expressed since childhood. In the early years empincamente touched, but later in full possession of notation, made serious studies with the "Method
Aguado. "Although Broca was a self-taught, received
some lessons from his own youth Dionisio Aguado, opening up new horizons which completed his artistic training. Devoted to the music of Sor. inter-
preted works beautifully, even the most difficult. A mechanism linking the amplitude of i most refined taste. Cleaning purge, its varied and beautiful colors
nuances and the softness and sweetness in the sensitive passages, made shine lassesiones ideal interpreter in the 1840 and 1841 gave in Barce-
canvas. The first period of his youth he was devoted to teaching guitar in his hometown until 1833, took up arms, entering the French bodies
cos, in which he remained until 1840. In these rows Liberals, whose ideal was great enthusiasm, made the campaign of the war of seven years, at the conclusion of which he was wounded in the leg. Then set up home in Barcelona, ​​establishing himself as a guitar teacher. His artistic presentation was made at a concert, which also run works by Sor, gave
to know the most important studies of the "Method of Aguado." According to witnesses recorded left that time, played beautifully. What attracted the most attention was the way to articulate the fingers of his right hand, which easily solved the major problems in the passages of arpeggios. Since 1854
to 1856 again figured in the ranks of the army, retiring with the rank of captain, setting the time. a second time and finally, his residence in
the city. Bequeath to posterity a good number of works (fantasies, waltzes, walking, etc..) All the inspiration flowing and finely crafted. Despite the evolution
Music hundred of our days, may be considered still some of them, as of today. In their teaching, to which he devoted his greatest energies, many disciples came to fruition. Of them include: Craig Palmer, who distinguished himself as a front line performer, Domingo Bonet, I continued the path of your teacher and didactic Miguel Mas Bargallo. Also
its most illustrious disciples was IOSEA and Esteve Ferrer, who dedicated his book "Memories of Montgri", reading this affectionate dedication: "I am pleased to dedicate to you this original work, the fruit of my leisure,
convinced that you willingly accept this offering as expression of my sincere friendship. I take this occasion to express to you my gratitude, remembering that
much of my progress on the guitar you owe. whose skill and good taste enthralled me so many times. This is repeated occasions you your affmo.
friend, S. S. Q. B. S. M. -]. And Esteve Ferrer. "-BarceIona, November 30, 1873." E1 teacher turn dedicated it "Friendship," Fantasia, with Introduction, theme and
3 Variations. His friendship with the famous Iulian Arcas news so I have to dedicate his Symphony says "My Second Season." The last of the distinguished AIOS
Catalan master was doubly sad for not being able to play the guitar: he was unable to a stroke, suffering for over ten years of paralysis, that is until her last days, dying in the city of Barcelona on February 3, 1882. (F. Pedrell Notes and Dictionary. Barcelona, ​​1929)."

Hope it helps :)

19thcenturyguitarist

Re: Jose Broca

Postby 19thcenturyguitarist » Fri May 06, 2011 6:25 am

oh yeah, that helps a lot! Nice article! Broca is definitly on my top 5 guitarists ever. His music is so subtle and charming. Its always great to read about your favorites especially when there isnt much written on Broca.


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