100 years ago, Certamen de Bandas 1922.
Monday 31 July and Tuesday 1 August
As tradition dictated since 1888, the Certamen de Bandas de Música of 1922, was held at the Bull Ring of Valencia on the last day of July and the first day of August. Like the previous year, there were a total of eight bands competing, five in Section Two and three in Section One, including the Municipal Band of Valencia and the Municipal Band of Barcelona as guest bands to perform the closing concerts on the two days of the Competition.
At 3:30 p.m. On the afternoon of July 31, the bands paraded from different parts of the city towards the bullring, performing pasodobles and receiving applause from the public as they passed. It was 4:30 on a sultry afternoon, when the jury of the contest was formed, formed in this edition by José Subirá Puig, as president of the jury and Music Critic, Pedro Sosa López, Composer and Professor at the Valencia Conservatory, José María Navarro Ros, Major Musician of the Mallorca Regiment No. 13, Juan Lamotte de Grignon, Conductor of the Barcelona Municipal Band, Francisco Catalá as Councillor of the Valencia City Council and Rafael Pérez de Lucía, as Secretary of the Jury and once the jury was constituted, the parade entered bullring arena.
Next, the five Bands participating in the Section Two performed their compulsory piece "L'Étoile" by the composer Emmanuel Chabrier. Following this, the three bands from Division One each played their free-choice piece. The first day of the Contest was brought to a close by a performance of the Municipal Band of Valencia and its 70 musicians, led by Luis Ayllón Portillo, and a concert by the Municipal Band of Barcelona, led by Juan Lamotte de Grignon.
On the second day of the contest, starting at 3:45 a.m., the participating music bands paraded through the streets of the city and once the jury had taken their seats, the parade of marching bands around the arena began at 4:30 pm. This was followed by the bands from Section One performing their compulsory piece, "HÄNSEL UND GRETEL" by German composer, Engelbert Humperdinck. Then the bands from Division Two played their free-choice piece.
The Contest was brought to a close by a performance of the Municipal Band of Valencia and its 70 musicians, led by Luis Ayllón Portillo, and a concert by the Municipal Band of Barcelona, led by Juan Lamotte de Grignon. Around midnight and in the City Hall Pavilion located in the Alameda, the verdict of the jury was read:
The Jury, taking into account the merits in Section One of the "Unión Musical" and "Primitiva" Bands, both from Liria, suggested to award two First Prizes, just as in the Section Two two First Prizes were also awarded to the two Bands of the Alcudia de Carlet, the "Victoria" and the "Municipal" bands.
Section One Prizes: Shared First Prize and 4,000 pesetas for the "Primitiva" Band of Liria, with 62 musicians and its conductor Emilio Seguí Ripoll who performed the "Sigurd" overture by Ernest Reyer, and for the Banda Centro Instructivo "Unión Musical" of Liria, with 58 components and conducted by Eduardo Felip Suárez, who performed the "Solemn Overture 1812 Op. 49" by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The Second Runner-up of 1,000 pesetas went to the Band "La Lira" from Bétera, with 58 musicians and their conductor Francisco Barceló Riquelme, performing the "Libussa Overture" by the Slovakian composer Bedrich Smetana.
Section Two Prizes: Shared First Prize and 3,000 pesetas for the Band "La Primitiva" from La Alcudia de Carlet, which with 40 musicians and conducted by Antonio Palanca Villar performed the "Gran Fantasía Española" by Ricardo Villa González and for the Band "La Victoria" of La Alcudia de Carlet, which with 40 musicians and conducted by José García Pastor performed the overture "Ruy Blas" by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. The Section Two Prize with 1,000 pesetas went to the Band "La Esmeralda" of Almazora, with 40 musicians and conducted by Federico Agut Manrique who performed "Le Roi d'Ys" by Edouard Lalo. The 40 musicians of the "Primitiva" Band of Carlet and their conductor José María Ibáñez Talón won the Third Runner-up Prize of 500 pesetas for their performance of "La Revoltosa" by Ruperto Chapí Lorente. The only Band of the Contest that year that did not receive a prize was the Music Education Centre "La Armónica" of Buñol that was presented in Section Two with 40 seats playing the overture "La Fiesta" by Franz Von Suppé, conducted by José María Gregorio Morató Ballester.
The pasodoble prizes with 250 pesetas went to the Band "La Lira" of Bétera, which performed the pasodoble "Bétera" by maestro Manuel Palau Boix on the first day, and on the second day the Prize went to the Band "La Armónica" from Buñol , which performed the pasodoble "Del carrer y de l'horta" by Mariano Pérez Sánchez.
A total of 13,540 people attended the event at the bullring in this edition, raising a total of 34,745 pesetas with the tickets.
Alfredo Ruíz / Daniel Belloví