Céret composer Déodat de Séverac was born in Saint-Félix-Lauragais, not far from Toulouse, in 1872.
Composer Déodat de Séverac was born in Saint-Félix-Lauragais, not far from Toulouse, in 1872.
Son of aristocrat painter, Gilbert de Severac, he grew up surrounded by the arts.
Christine Macé, coordinator of Músic Musée’s explained that de Séverac’s ultimate vision lay at the “confluence of music and painting”.
After completing his studies in Paris, he arrived in Céret in 1909 and quickly settled into the Catalan way of life, spending much of his time with friends such as Pablo Picasso and Picasso’s Cubist compadre, Georges Brach.
He became deeply enamoured with his new home in Languedoc and in a letter to his poet friend, Jean Amade, he wrote that he “adores” le Vallespir and Ceret, and that Canigou is a “divine mountain.”
De Séverac’s love of Languedoc musical tradition and culture was soon joined by an equally strong fascination with Catalan music. He began to incorporate the sounds of coblas and the rhythmic patterns of the sardane into his compositions, which included opera, chorale and vocal music, as well as pieces for solo piano.
He died in Ceret in 1921 at the age of 49.