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When compared to the vast amount of reference materials devoted to the history and analyses of North American and other Central European classical song literature, very little scholarly attention has been placed on the classical songs of Catalunya-- the autonomous community in Spain. The repressive and still resonating effects of Francisco Franco’s dictatorial ban on this community’s native language, Catalán, contributed to lack of published editions and scarce diffusion of its endangered classical song literature abroad. Although several local publishers have begun to recover the countless musical works by neglected Catalán composers of the past century, the broader dissemination of their products can only truly flourish when performing artists outside Catalunya acquire this music and choose to interpret them by way of live performance and recording. Consequently, much work remains to be done to dismantle the barricades that have stood in the way of a deeper understanding of this body of music outside Catalunya. This recital program features rare masterpieces that shed light on this nationalistic musical practice of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries--its history and its style--and provide a context for an understanding of the practice so that the genre of Catalán Classical Song may continue to gain recognition.