"The best word is the one unsaid, as we all know, I am a man of few words and a musician of few notes". Frederic Mompou was defined as a shy and discreet man, something which can also be said of his delicate and intimate music
, with influences of impressionism. He called it "silent music". This subtlety led him to be one of the most internationally recognised Catalan composers
, particularly for his works for solo piano.
After his death in 1987, his widow, the pianist Carme Bravo
, dedicated herself to making her husband’s work more widely known. Finally, in 2006 she founded - together with the Joventuts Musicals de Barcelona (Young Musicians of Barcelona) organisation and Joan Millà i Francolí - the Frederic Mompou Foundation. Its aim has been to preserve, publicise and promote the study and dissemination of the work of Mompou
, particularly among young people, for whom the musician held a special regard.
The headquarters of the Foundation is the flat where Mompou and his wife lived on the Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona, which still houses his personal belongings. In addition, this organisation looks after part of the composer’s collection, among which there are several unpublished piano pieces, dated between 1911 and 1920, as well as some from the 1940s. The other part of the collection is housed in the Biblioteca de Catalunya
(National Library of Catalonia). His piano is conserved in the Museu de la Música
(Music Museum) in Barcelona.