Meet The Artist: Salvador Brotons.
I remember exactly the day I wrote my first composition. That was the month of December 1973. I was 14 years old at that time. I was playing piano, playing flute. And then I realized that I was trying to find some melodies that I loved, and start writing them. And since that day, I have never stopped composing. When you start composing, it’s a very mysterious process. It’s very difficult to explain for me. Sometimes you start with a melody, sometimes you start with the harmonies, with an “ambience”. But, you need to have an idea about what the scope of this piece should be. Every time that you face to compose a new different composition, you need to think ok, “What should I do that would be different from the other composition that I wrote before.” “What ingredients should I present, that I never did before”. I always think about making an impact. Compose whatever you want, but compose something that is going to be a big trip, a big sensation. Composer is an artist of the times that you live. I’ve been living all my life in Catalonia, feeling very profoundly what is the process of Catalonia’s identity. Catalonia has an incredible amount of very beautiful traditional folk songs, that really affects when I compose. And I want that to happen, because I am trying to put some substance that will become a landmark on my music. That they would say a personality. They will say, this music belongs to a composer that is from the Mediterranian because has the energy of the sea, or has the brightness. I am very proud of being a person from Barcelona, very very much. But definitely you need to get out from Barcelona to broaden your musical preparation. I took the position of Vancouver Symphony in 1991, and it’s going to be the orchestra of my life. When I took the orchestra, there was still a community orchestra, but it had a lot of potential to move. And it had a fantastic community behind that believed in the project. And then when they saw the progress of the orchestra, the audience increased, and the donors became a very important part of the orchestra. We evolved right now to fantastic fully professional orchestra, that I am very proud to be the conductor. You need to communicate with an audience with your gestures. Gestures and your implication. There is a visual part of conducting that the audience gets from you, that is very important. Then, I always tell my students, conductor is not a person who waves his arms, just a time beater It’s a person who is very much cultivated, knows a lot about music history, knows a lot about composers… You need to be very well rounded. When I conduct a piece that I have written, it’s an incredible sensation. I mean, it’s the culmination process of everything, and it gives me an incredible satisfaction. It is the culmination of your process. It is a piece that you have started from zero and then you have the opportunity of putting alive together with great musicians and yourself making your own vision of the piece. Especially if also, the reception in the audience, people say oh my God what piece of music! This music is great! It touches my heart! oh my Gosh! This is the greatest satisfaction I can ever have in this life.