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Josep CERVERA Bret

Line of musicians

Josep CERVERA Bret

Peralada 1883

Roses 1969

  Born in Peralada September 1, 1883, son of Jaume Cervera-Marquès, Castelló d'Empúries and Maria Bret-Campmol from Borrassà. There had seven children: Josep, Joan, Maria, Martí, Emili, Isabel and Neus, of which only he devoted himself fully to music. Married with Estrella Lliuró-Monill, Mollet de Peralada. They had five children: Jaume, Josep-Maria, Joan, Emili and Neus none of which, as explained later followed the music.



  His music passed naturally from father to son, James Cervera and Marquis, then director of the school Peralada Castle, started in infancy small musical Joseph. With this sentence the son, Emilio, "was born with the instruments under his arm." The primary school also made the Peralada, as a child standing in mathematics, and literature as in music.

  Jaume Cervera Marquès, who was the director of the music school

of the Palace of Peralada, began to teach to Josep at an early age.

......... "he was born with the instruments under his arm"



Born into a religious family and pushed a bit by his father, he entered the Girona Seminary at age 10. Here he consolidates his training and according to his colleagues he had a surprising facility for mathematics. In fact, as a child, he already liked all those things that presented difficulties: logarithms, crosswords, puzzles, riddles, mechanical devices ... At that time he was a good chess player. I always wanted to know the why of things.


In the Seminary he also advanced in the study of music, directed the choir and made the first musical compositions and arrangements, as well as the first poems. There he also spends summers where he completes his musical training. But after eight years, he was then 18, he leaves the Seminary and returns to his father's home in Peralada.


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