Lluís Millet

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Lluís Millet i Pagès (18 April 1867 in El Masnou – 7 December 1941 in Barcelona) was a Spanish Catalan composer, musician and co-founder of Orfeó Català in 1891.

Portrait of Lluís Millet by Ramon Casas

A student of Felip Pedrell, from 1896 he taught choral music at Barcelona's Escuela Municipal de Musica where he later succeeded Nicolau as director.[1]

Education and Training[edit]

Lluís Millet's family moved to Barcelona to escape the threats posed by the Third Carlist War, the family wanted Lluís to become a merchant, but he followed the musical career by enrolling at the Conservatory of the Liceu of Barcelona. There he trained under Miquel Font and Josep Rodoreda, and Carles G. Vidiella.[2]

Statue of Lluís Millet at the Palau de la Música Catalana.

Early career[edit]

Lluís Millet was early attracted to choir songs, and aged just 17 he became conductor of the Chorus the "La Lira de Sant Cugat del Vallès." He also had a job at the Cafè Inglés in Barcelona, first as pianist and later as a member of a trio with Josep Badia, the violinist, and Lluís Pamies, who played the harmonium.[2]

Selected works[edit]

  • Egloga for orchestra
  • Catalanesques for orchestra


  1. ^ Spanish Music in the Twentieth Century: 1993- Page 75 "Therefore, we begin with Lluis Millet (1867-1941), a significant figure for Catalonian music not so much as composer but as catalyst of ideas. One of Pedrell's students, he founded the Orfeo Catala in 1891 — of fundamental importance in the musical life of Barcelona — and served as its director until his death. Beginning in 1896 he taught choral music at Barcelona's Escuela Municipal de Musica and later succeeded Nicolau as director, he was a brilliant speaker and writer. As a composer, in addition to an Egloga and Catalanesques for orchestra, ..."
  2. ^ a b "Lluís Millet (Choral Conductor, Composer)". Bach Cantatas. Retrieved 24 February 2014.