Felip Olivelles
Barcelona , 1657
12 d'agost de 1702
Composer i Teacher


Kapellmeister and composer

Musician active during the second half of the 17th century. He began his musical studies probably with the help of his father, who was also a musician. He was a choirboy in the cathedral of Barcelona and a disciple of Lluís Vicenç Gargallo. In 1677, he was appointed Kapellmeister of the cathedral of Tarragona. In 1679 he held the same position in the Palau de la Comtessa in Barcelona, where he remained until 1700. During this time, he had the brothers Carles and Tomàs Milans among his disciples, and from 1699 Gabriel Argany was listed as his assistant. He was required by the cathedral of Girona in 1690, but he declined the offer due to health issues.

Olivelles’s output is preserved in the archives of the Biblioteca de Catalunya, Canet de Mar and Girona Cathedral. His most remarkable liturgical music includes a Magnificat for 5 voices, a Stabat Mater for 8 voices (1701) and a Mass for 9 voices and instrumentalists (ministrils). In addition, 20 tonos and villancets written in romance have also been preserved.

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