Saturday 20 March 1971


Born: May 22nd, 1911, Sant Celoní (Spain)
Died: March 26th, 1988, Barcelona (Spain)
Nationality: Spanish

In due course, the short impression below will be replaced with a more extensive career overview


Rafael Ferrer learnt to play various musical instruments, most notably the violin, during his youth. He studied solfège, conducting, harmony, counterpoint, and fugue at the Escola Municipal de Música, Barcelona. From the 1930s until the 1950s, he played the violin in various classical and light entertainment orchestras, such as Orquestra Pau Casals, Quartet Català, and the Orquestra Ciutat de Barcelona, of which he became the assistant-chief conductor. In 1961, he became chief of the Orquestra Municipal de Barcelona, whilst he became maestro of the renowned Orquestra Simfónica de Barcelona one year later – he worked with the symphonic orchestra for five years (1962-67). He was regularly asked to conduct other orchestras in Spain and abroad, amongst which the Orquestra Nacional de Madrid.

Ferrer has left an impressive oeuvre of compositions in various genres. He penned several classical works, such as ballets and a concerto for violin and orchestra. Moreover, in the field of light music, he composed 29 sardanas, traditional Catalonian circle dances, as well as the soundtracks of more than 30 movies (e.g. La isla mágica, Rostro al mar) and, on top of that, a number of animation films.


In 1961, Spain took part in the Eurovision Song Contest for the very first time, submitting the song ‘Estando contigo’ which was performed by Conchita Bautista. It was composed by Augusto Algueró, a young composer / arranger from Barcelona, who would later be a conductor in the Eurovision Song Contest himself. Apparently, Algueró was deemed to young to conduct or did not feel up to the job of conducting the orchestra in the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, leaving that job to his fellow Catalonian, Rafael Ferrer. This first Spanish effort came 9th in a field of 16 songs.


Country – Spain
Song title – "Estando contigo"
Rendition – Conchita Bautista 
Lyrics – Antonio Guijarro
Composition – Augusto Algueró
Studio arrangement – Augusto Algueró
(Orquesta Toreador conducted by Augusto Algueró)
Live orchestration – Augusto Algueró
Conductor – Rafael Ferrer
Score – 9th place (8 votes)


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