Joaquim Homs

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Joaquim Homs i Oller () (21 August 1906–9 September 2003), was a Catalan Spanish composer.

He was born in Barcelona, and studied cello until 1922. Afterwards, he self-educated himself in composition before studying on-and-off from 1931 to 1938. From 1930 to 1936 he studied composition with Roberto Gerhard (Menéndez and Pizà 2001).

His early style was characterized by the use of free counterpoint, already moving towards atonality, and beginning in 1954 he began using twelve-tone technique. While his style remained loyal to modernism, his later works no longer adhered to strict twelve-note technique (Menéndez and Pizà 2001).

He died at his home in Barcelona at the age of 97.

When asked by the British encyclopedia The World of Music in the mid-1950s<!--No encyclopedia with this title turns up on an OCLC search. Can this be Ernest Newman's book, From the World of Music (London: Calder, 1956)?--> what he considered to be his chief works, his answer was:

  • Duet for Flute and Clarinet (1936)
  • String Quartet No. 1 (1938)
  • Violin sonata (1941)
  • Sonata for oboe and bass clarinet (1942)
  • Variations on a popular Catalonia theme (1943)
  • String Quartets No. 2 (1949) and No. 3 (1950)
  • Poem by J. Carner for voice and piano (1935)
  • Four psalms for baritone and chamber orchestra (1939)
  • Ten choral responses (1943)
  • Choral Mass (1943)
  • Rhymes for voice and piano (1950)


  • Homs Fornesa, Piedad. 1988. Catálogo de obras de Joaquín Homs. Madrid: Fundación Juan March.......
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