ANTONI MARTORELL, (Montuïri 1913 - 2009 Palma de Mallorca) at the age of five he begins his music studies. Later, he enrols at the Official Music Conservatory of Balearic islands, subsequently obtaining the Higher Piano Diploma at the Conservatory of Valencia.
Next he moves to Italy (Rome), where he studies music composition, music forms, Gregorian chant, organ and orchestration with the maestros Dobici, Casimiri, Refice, Vignanelli, Suñol, Gajard, Morricone, Higinio Angles, etc. His academis thesis deals with subject “Gregorian forms in the hymnody of Tomás Luis de Victoria”.
In Rome, after completing his music studies and obtaining the titles of Composer, Master of Gregorian Chant and Organist, he commences an intense artistic activity and an extensive music teaching career as professor of several institutes and associations and he contributes regularly to magazines and all types of music publications in Rome, Milan, Madrid, the USA, etc.
He is appointed incumbent Organist of Saint Susan, the national church of the United States, a post which he holds for almost 40 years. He is appointed Conductor of Choral music at the “Ateneo Americano” of the Vatican, a post which he holds for 15 years; he is head of music and conductor at the parish church of The Nativity, organist at the church of St. Quirico and of the Basilica of St. Cosma and Damiano in Rome
In 1969 he founds in Rome the “music refresher courses” at the University of Lateran, of which he is master and head for 13 years. In 1965, Pope Paul VI calls on him to form part of the Diocesan Committee of Holy Music of Rome, in 1972 the Pope himself appoints him Director of the latter, a post which he holds until July 1982, the year of his definitive return to Spain.
Back in Mallorca, his birthplace, although his music teaching activity and the lending of his services have stopped, his artistic creation is still very dynamic, with an abundant production (as we can see below in the summary of the catalogue of his works) and many performances, meetings, conferemces, articles, symposiums, etc.
Equally numerous are the recordings made with such prestigious firms as RCA Victor, Columbia, Pax, Ed. Paulines, and LDC of Turin.
The contribution of this composer in the field of literature and musical essay is significant, the following works being particularly outstanding: Folk song and liturgical music; Folk song in the work of J. S. Bach; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his religious expressions; Human and artistic profile of F. Chopin; Saint Francis of Assisi, Musician of joy, a new ode to life; Is “Tonalism” Relevant today?.
Antoni Martorell is a Full Member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Sebastián of Palma, Illustrious Son of Montuïri, his birth town, has been awared the “Gold Medal for Merit” of the Island Council of Mallorca and the “Gold Mesal” of the Autonomous Community of Balearic Islands. Honored with the “Josep Maria Llompart” award of the Balearic Cultural Society. Martorell is “Doctor Honoris Causa” of Balearic Islands University, and “Magister Ordinis” Tertii Ordinis Regularis Sancti Francisci (TOR)
Arnong the works published by the composer, the following are particularly noteworthy:
a) for piano: Suite n° 1, with four movements or scenes; Suite n° 2, with seven movements; The Modal Triptic (Twilight, Prayer, Dance); Sempreviva (a volume of folk songs for the use of the small pianist); Variations on a Gregorian theme, with four tempos; Franciscan Reredos, with six scenes; Folk Dances of the Balearic Islands (54 dances); Piano and fagot concert, etc.
b) for Organ: The Zodiac (volume with 22 titles); Ore Serene (with 15 titles); Pensieri musicali (19 musical commentaries on a specific theme?; Davidica Suite, with six movements; Preludes on a Gregorian theme; Symphonic processional; Christmas scenes with six movements; Tre Toccate in re; L’organista Celebrante; Partita e fuga finale per grand’organo sul corale popolare “Girau a mi vostra mirada”; Scherzo; Fuga e Toccata sul nome di BACH; Ouverture; Vitrall (a 30 tittles volume for the us of small organist); Barroc Sonata for trumpet and pipe organ; etc.
c) for Voice and Instrument: Four Lieder for Soprano and piano; Let us Rejoice in the Lord (a manual with 300 titles); 14 Polyphonic messes with voice and organ; 2 Polyphonic messes with modern instruments; Cantica Natalicia (a volume of Christmas songs in Latin. voice and organ); Ballate Evangeliche, with voice and organ; Hosanna, (with 537 titles); Avvento, Natale (a volume of 30 titles for a choir and ensemble and organ); Cantata for white voices, with piano and percussion; Route of the summits, a suite for mixed Choir; etc..
d) for Orchestra: Suite Mallorquina for a string quintet; Quartetto d’archi in fa maggiore; Dypticum lubilate (Psalmua 50 poenitentialis/Psalmus 117 Canticum Paschale), for chorus and symphonic orchestra.