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Palau de la Musica: the stage

In a semicircle on the sides of the back of the stage are the figures of 18 young women popularly known as the muses (although there are only nine muses in Greek mythology). The monotone upper bodies of the women protrude from the wall and their lower bodies are depicted by colorful mosaics that form part of the wall. Each of the women is playing a different musical instrument, and each is wearing a different skirt, blouse, and headdress of elaborate design. In the early days of the Palau, many critics found these figures unsettling or even eerie, but today they are widely regarded as perhaps the best sculptural work in the concert hall. The upper bodies were sculpted by Eusebi Arnau, and the mosaic work of their lower bodies was created by Lluís Bru.

 The dominant theme in the sumptuous sculptural decor of the concert hall is choral music, something that might be expected in an auditorium commissioned by a choral society. A choir of young women surrounds the “sun” in the stained-glass skylight, and a bust of Anselm Clavé, a famous choir director who was instrumental in reviving Catalan folk songs, is situated on the left side of the stage, under a stone tree. Seated beneath this statue are sculpted girls singing the Catalan song Les Flors de Maig (The Flowers of May).


7 responses

  1. This place is out of this world.


    June 23, 2012 at 5:36 am

  2. JM

    The more I see of this building the more I like it. Fabulous shots!


    June 22, 2012 at 4:34 pm

  3. These are stunning photos and I have just put this on my “list” – fabulous!



    June 22, 2012 at 1:55 am

  4. Fantastic photos!


    June 21, 2012 at 7:00 pm

  5. I think the Palau de la Musica has got to be one of the most beautiful building I've seen. So many fabulous stained glass windows and this organ here today, superb. I really like the idea of the ladies being half sculpture and the other flat mosaic, so unique. Beautifully shown here Rob and Mandy.


    June 21, 2012 at 3:07 pm

  6. The organ is impressive!Wonderful and special place there!


    June 21, 2012 at 9:07 am

  7. wow, and wow! I have never seen anything like this! Very Awesome!


    June 21, 2012 at 12:31 am