Year of composition
Enric Morera was the young Pahissa’s first composition teacher. Those initial contacts with the modernist atmosphere led him to search for new ways of expressing emotion based on modern and risky forms. He wanted to go a step further, to develop those motivations that had been the emblem of the generation of artists that had allowed him to know and love music in his own hometown.
A les costes méditerranées premiered on November 15, 1906 at the Teatre Novetats under the direction of Jaume Pahissa. It was a concert with a program entirely focused on his own symphonic works, quite unusual if we bear in mind the age of the composer; it was supported, however, by the success achieved with the stage play La presó de Lleida, premiered in March of that same year at the Teatre Principal. Among other works, they will perform: El combat, Symphonic Study and a fragment of the opera Gala Placídia, which would end up premiering at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in January 1913, with a libretto by Àngel Guimerà. The ouverture A les costes mediterrànies closed the concert. The manuscript of the work is headed by these words:
Free symphonic music, that unfolds without following any rule other than that set by the musical feeling, as it is born; and clear and bright, like our blue sea and our calm days.