Julio Broto, a musical institution in Barbastro, dies

The priest Julio Broto (Barbastro – 1928- Barbastro 2021) He died this Sunday at the age of 93 at Barbastro Hospital where he had been admitted for several days. His death causes mourning and mourning in the musical sphere of the city of Vero since the history of music throughout the past 20th century cannot be understood without his figure.

Younger brother of the prestigious organist of the Basilica del Pilar, Joaquín BrotoJulio followed in his footsteps by training as an organist and promoting the learning of music wherever his secular responsibilities took him.

In Barbastro he created in the first years of Francoism what is currently known as Municipal School of Music, then the Julio Broto school, from where the musical quarry in the Somontano region.

Years later created the Coral Barbastrense, the first singing formation in the city, which accompanied the celebration of numerous Eucharists and offered recitals throughout the Spanish geography.

It was also the organist of the Cathedral of Barbastro well into old age. In recent years, already retired from the organ, he served as chaplain of the Minerva brotherhood.

A very beloved figure in Barbastro, outside and within the religious sphere, Julio Broto received an emotional tribute in August 2010 by the Catholic weekly The Aragonese Crusader that posthumously awarded him and his brother their Golden Almond, the newspaper’s highest distinction. The tribute did not lack the songs of his Coral Barbastrense.

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