The Círculo del Liceo hosted the presentation of the book "La sinfonía de la libertad" by Antoni Batista, journalist, writer and musicologist. The event featured the participation of Lluís Foix, writer and journalist.
The book offers a great overview of political music of all time. Mozart did politics. Beethoven is the legacy of the French Revolution to the European Union. Chopin, Verdi, Sibelius and Falla claimed free homelands. Dvorak invented symphonic federalism. Shostakovich's immense creativity defeated Stalinism. Casals challenged Franco and Hitler. Celibidache rebelled against the record industry. Barenboim brought Palestinians and Jews together ... Music and politics have been intertwined throughout history, but it is a quite unknown relationship and La sinfonía de la libertad collects their most significant encounters.
Antoni Batista holds a PhD in Communication Sciences. He has worked in various media and has been director of analysis and strategy of the department of the Presidency of the Generalitat de Catalunya (2003-2006), director of communication at the Ramon Llull Institute (2006-2008) and director of communication of the Gran Teatre del Liceu (2008-2009). He currently works as a professor at the Faculty of Communication Sciences of the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the Rovira i Virgili University of Tarragona.
Photo: Joan Tàpia, Maria José Vidal, José García Reyes, Lluís Foix, Antoni Batista and Àfrica Uyà.