Lluís Llach

He is one of the main representatives of Nova cançó (New Song), a movement of musicians, and singers who defied Francisco Franco‘s dictatorship by singing political songs in Catalan during a time where the language, and all other cultural manifestations of Catalan identity were prohibited. His famous song L’Estaca about a rotten stick about to fall was clear enough as an image of the regime. As many other singers, writers and politically involved artists, Llach left Spain and lived in voluntary exile in Paris until the death of the dictator.
His lyrics can range from the most traditionally romantic songs, to more complex, philosophical song-cycles and also to some more ironic, politically based compositions, with a more upbeat tempo. Sea and vitalistic attitude in face of death are two of his cherished topics. When he doesn’t write the lyrics of his songs he puts music to a variety of poets, including Constantine P. CavafyMàrius TorresJosep Maria de SegarraPere Quart and, perhaps more often than with any of the others, Miquel Martí i Pol.