Barcelona, España, 1967
Following a career as a baritone spanning various years, Ramón Gener began a new stage of his life as a music promoter, offering conferences on the world of classical music and opera. The success of these conferences catapulted him into the world of television. He first appeared on TV3 with the programme Òpera en texans before reaching international audiences with This is Opera, a Spanish-German co-production recorded in English and Spanish that can be viewed in many countries worldwide. His first book, Si Beethoven pudiera escucharme, is a collection of life lessons that he gained thanks to music.
“Mi padre murió dos veces. La primera, una mañana soleada en la que el Alzheimer nubló su mente y me olvidó. La segunda, tres días antes de Navidad, cuando, convertido en el Bolero de Ravel, dejó de respirar. Aislado del mundo entre sentimientos de culpa y alivio, no podía dejar de llorar y soñar con él. Perdido en su enorme ausencia, busqué una explicación a todas las emociones que me abrumaban en las vidas de otros hombres y mujeres que habían pasado por lo mismo que yo. Emprendí un viaje por el espacio y el tiempo para encontrar respuestas. Volé hasta el cuchitril en el que Verdi compuso Nabucco; estuve en la brumosa estación de tren en la que Clara Schumann se despidió para siempre de Johannes Brahms; asistí a la noche mágica en la que Joaquín Rodrigo dio vida al Concierto de Aranjuez... Y recordé la tarde de primavera en la que mi padre llegó a casa con tres pequeños cipreses. Ellos me descubrieron el camino de regreso a la vida. Ellos me ayudaron a evitar que mi padre muriese por tercera vez. Ellos me enseñaron que solo el amor puede hacernos inmortales.”
A book where music is very present, that speaks to us above all of emotions and feelings: the love of life.
Ramon Gener is one of the great musical educators of our time, who has triumphed on television with his programme 'This is Opera'. On 22 December 2013, Ramon Gener lost his father after a long illness. Las Moiras, personifications of fate, guide Gener on a musical journey that reveals itself to be a true catharsis until the cycle is closed in a circular fashion. Time and space allow us to visit the great names in music and literature, who help the author bear the pain of loss with music as the protagonist. The author takes us to see Giuseppe Verdi in the process of omposing Nabucco. We visit Maria Callas, and watch as Clara Schumann bids her final farewell to Johannes Brahms. We encounter Joaquín Rodrigo in his room in the Latin Quarter on one of the most difficult nights of his life, which led him to compose Concierto de Aranjuez.
"Music is the best travel partner I've could ever dreamt to have. This is a book to learn how to listen, understand and love music, and also to learn universal values like friendship, courage, imagination or the need to be curious all the time. A book in which I share all the things that music has taught me.” Ramon Gener is passionate about music. In fact, there’s only one thing he feels more passionately about: sharing his obsession and helping people appreciate this way of living and feeling. As Gener explains, if we learn to listen, understand, and love music, it can help us comprehend the value of friendship, the need for imagination, and the importance of staying curious and courageous. These are some of the lessons music has taught Gener throughout his life. He shares them in a book full of history, curious anecdotes, biographical sketches, humour, passion, and plenty of music.
“This book is the product of passion, and the author’s purpose is for us to catch it, to make it our own the way he did. An incessant falling in love, attentive to artistic sensibility, but without forgetting the obsessions of the world surrounding us. To recommend this book is to recommend music.” Ramon Guillem, Llevant