Miró & Music is an attempt to piece together MiróÆs relationship to music through a journey that covers his early Barcelona days, where music was at the core of life; to the early twentieth-century Paris cultural maelstrom, that saw him blossom as an artist; and, Palma de Mallorca, his last Mediterranean enclave, where he lived and worked, and labored away at his extensive and well-stocked library and, in all likelihood, on one of the islandÆs most eclectic record collections. (Comprehensively published at the end of this book.)
Miró turned his palette to all sorts of musical visions. His work prompt¡ly proves it; his musical thirst unquenchable: classical, avant-garde, bal¡let, flamenco, contemporary. The entire gamut. In New York it was jazz and gospel; in Barcelona he favored flamenco, and in Paris the rest. This proven passion is similar to that of a stamp collector. So it was with Miró, whose collection includes recordings of the "music" of insects or birds; African and Asian traditional music; Bach, Mozart and all the classics, romanticsà You name itùitÆs there. His collaborations with the likes of Varèse, Antheil, Boulez, Stockhausen, Gerhard, Cage and others proved profound in terms of his musical education, as well as the commitment shown by his devoted stalwarts, who kept him abreastù and suppliedùof all that was different and original.