Daniel Areny: the Certers elf

Musical strength

Within the intangible world of andorranity, there is the substratum of men and women who consciously form its basis. These include tireless workmen, known in the mythical Andorran microcosm as menairons (elfs), who constitute the synthesis within any field, becoming an essential representation.

Daniel Areny i Rossell is one of them. He embodies the power of music, the need for its vital expression through singing and dancing for more than fifty years. He was the creator, with other colleagues, of the Rocafort Choir in 1962, of the Esbart Laurèdia (traditional dance group) with his wife Esperança Ivern, and of the Petits Cantaires Lauredians Choir in 1971, and professor and head of studies at the Andorran Institute of Musical Studies from its creation from1980 to 2004.

He was born in Certers on December 25, 1939.

From the age of 11 he studied music with the teacher Isidre Marvà who came from La Seu d'Urgell, he paid his monthly fees, working as a barber apprentice, when he left school.

At the age of 17 he went to Barcelona to learn the profession of hairdresser. This gave her the opportunity to continue her music studies with private lessons with Ms. Gràcia to the Liceu Conservatory and Pere Vallribera, its director, from whom he received a few but valuable classes. At the age of 24 he obtained the titles of teacher of music (6 courses) and piano (8 courses) at the Conservatory of the Liceu in Barcelona, in 1963.

Until 1976, he alternated his work in the barber shop with giving private music lessons in the afternoons, reaching between 40 and 50 students. In 1976 he opened the Musical Andorrà instrument store, and in 1980 he entered the Andorran Institute of Musical Studies with full dedication.

Daniel Areny i Rossell has managed to get up, always keeping one foot on the ground, proof of this is the affection he has generated in his environment. Bold and enterprising in the Andorran society in which he has lived, he has managed to avoid sensationalism and imbalance.

If music is the art that combines sounds based on the laws of melody, harmony and rhythm, we can say that Daniel Areny i Rossell is an artist who has melodized, harmonized and rhythmed through singing a good part of the Andorran cultural life of the 20th century. He is the composer of the Ball de Gegants i de Gegantons of Sant Julià de Lòria and different compositions in the form of a sardana. His personal archive of Andorran music is very extensive (scores, recordings, dance descriptions, etc.), as well as his collection of traditional instruments. We also have to talk about his photographic background, as photography is also one of his hobbies. There is no party, customs or popular tradition where we do not find him with his camera hanging around his neck, documenting everything that has to do with popular arts and culture.