Festival Castell Peralada

Musician, composer and doublebass performer

Cobla "Antiga Pep"

Antoni Torrent Marquès (2007)


 The master Millet or their advisers, including Josep Serra knew that he had good acceptance in the Paris the Sardana music. In October 1908, the couplet Antiga Pep, had the first stay in Paris performing in theaters like Odeon, Olympia, and others. The advertisement was "a few shepherds in the mountains of info to view Empordanès be given to music and dance."


 As for the novelty, the curiosity of the French public and the quality of musicians and entertainment, or all, the case which had a remarkable acceptance. They went for a few days, but remained nearly a month.


 Taking advantage of his stay in France, they record some drives to the French label "Pathé Frères". In these discs, as recorded on both sides, there is sardaners and dances of the time, generally, the authors Josep Serra, Pep Ventura and Albert Coto.


 The restoration of this music presents a great difficulty. The house Pathe, in constant conflict with the "Berliner Gramophone of" patent for the flat disc, recorded a similar system, but completely different from the "Gramophone".


 The groove begins and ends inside to the outside. Just the opposite of the traditional album. Turn 80-82 rpm, while the rest are at 78 rpm. The camera's vertical and both sides of the groove. Total these discs can only be played on giradiscs, vibraphone and Pathé needle. There are serious difficulties to listen to the music.

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Girona (Spain)