THE GOLDEN BOOK, THE MIRROR OF MUSIC IN SPAIN
Jorge Luis Borges once said that “of man’s different instruments, undoubtedly the most awesome are books”. Moreover, besides awesome, this book is truly “golden”, a metaphor implying the maximum expression of value and prestige of something material in the world.
But spirituality blends with this material concept. The contents of the book is about no less than, the most sublime art, namely music, the most universal language of mankind…
The so-called classical music, or better said, “The music with a complex development”, is a fascinating experience to unfold the emotional intelligence of people and cultivate positive values which contribute to strengthening a society’s maturity. The latter is mainly owed to inviting the hearer to nurture attentive listening, dissipate mental noise, connect with inner silence, become aware of the present moment and explore a universe of emotions which probably never before have we allowed to be felt.
Hence, the analysis of what the situation of “the music with a complex development” is an efficient thermometer to evaluate some of the factors contributing to the cultural health and maturity of a specific group. This Golden Book of Music in Spain is an x-ray showing a wide spectrum of institutions, entities and initiatives contributing in one way or another, to promote music in its different formats within a determined genre.
It includes the essential in a guide-book, that is, rich information on music in Spain: public and private institutions, symphonic orchestras and choirs, chamber and early music ensembles, auditoriums, theatres, festivals, competitions, organising entities, promoters, agencies, platforms and administrators. All those references are of an incredible practical use for professionals, students and enthusiasts. Almost everything “occurring” in the classical music scenario in Spain is gathered in its pages. A publication, extremely careful in its contents and also, its format, since its publishing already involves a high aesthetic value.
Another year more, having reached nineteen editions, the Golden Book of Music in Spain, remains loyal to its appointment, opening a meeting place, a reference and information exchange forum, very useful for the professionalization of our activity. From here, I encourage all participants of musical life to participate in this valuable project, a mirror where all of us may construct the reflection of the reality of sounds of Spain in the world.
Managing Director of the Orquesta Sinfónica y Coro RTVE