Valentino Miserachs Grau
Valentino Miserachs Grau was born in Sant Marti Sesgueioles (Barcelona) in 1943 and during his youth took on Music Studies and Theological, Philosophic and Humanistic Studies. In 1963 he moved to Rome, in the Spanish College, to study Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, where in 1967, after becoming priest, he earned the Licentiate of Sacred Theology. Concerning Music Studies he earned the Licentiate of Gregorian Chant and the Magistero of Sacred Composition at the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music, and, after attending the Conservatorio “A. Casella” in L’Aquila and the Conservatorio “Santa Cecilia” in Rome, graduated in Composition and in Organ and Organ Composition at the top of his class at the Conservatorio “N. Piccinni” of Bari.
He has been organist of the Cappella Giulia in St. Peter’s and since 1973 is Conductor of the Cappella Musicale Liberiana of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, for which he composed many works for the solemn liturgical service. He is Canon of the Patriarchal Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Honorary Prelate of His Holiness and Protonotary Apostolic.
He taught Composition at the Conservatorio “E. R. Duni” of Matera and since 1995 to 2012 was Dean of the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music, where at the moment is Professor of Composition and Polyphonic Conduction.
Among his compositions there are the Oratorios Beata Virgo Maria, Ecclesiae Christi typus et mater, Stephanus, Isaia, Mil anys, Pau i Fructuós and Noces de Sang for solos, choir and orchestra; the symphonic-choral poems Nadal and Esclat berguedà; the Suite manresana and Pucciniana for great orchestra; many liturgical compositions in Latin and in vernacular languages… His compositions has been published by Cappella Liberiana and by the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music, by Edizioni Carrara, Paoline and LDC di Turin. A part of this last compositions has been recorded on a CD. He is concert organist and choir and orchestra conductor, especially when he performs his own music.
Among the awards he had there are Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur of France, the Encomienda de Alfonso X el Sabio of Spain and the Creu de Sant Jordì of the Generalitat of Catalonia. He is Honorary Canon of the Cathedral of Tarragona and of Solsona. He is Pontifical Academic.
GUSTATE ET VIDETE – SATB Choir and Organ (IV verse STTBB)
DILECTUS MEUS MIHI – SATTB Choir
In Transitu Sanctis Patris Nostri Francisci – SATB Choir and Organ
O Sanctissima Anima
Franciscus Pauper et Humilis
Salve, Sancte Pater
LAUDATE DOMINUM IN SANCTIS EIUS – SATB Choir and Organ
PANIS ANGELICUS – Solo Tenor, SATB Choir and Organ
Six pièces libanaises –
Ut Queant Laxis – SSAA Choir