Wednesday, December 6, 2006
MAESTRO PAU CASALS ON CATALONIA, HIS NATIVE COUNTRY
One of the most influential musicians of last century said the following about his native country. That happened during the dictatorship of that shameless criminal Franscisco Franco Bahamonde who was never taken to court:
'I am a Catalan. Today Catalonia is a province of Spain. But before Catalonia was a nation and perhaps the greatest nation in the world. I shall tell you why: Catalonia had the first Parliament long before England did, and it was in Catalonia where the was a start of 'United Nations'. All authorities of Catalonia met in the XI century at Toluges - today a French city, then belonging to Catalonia - to speak of peace: they invented the Truce of God.'
Pau Casals spoke these words in the 'General Assembly of the United Nations'
on Ocober 24th, 1971.