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Lluís Llach i Grande (born May 7, 1948 in Verges, Catalonia) is a Catalan composer and songwriter.

He is one of the main representatives of "Nova cançó" (New Song), a movement of musicians, and singers who defied Francisco Franco's dictatorship by singing political songs in Catalan during a time where the language, and all other cultural manifestations of Catalan identity, were opposed by the regime. His famous song L'estaca about a rotten stick about to fall was clear enough as an image of the last years of the Franco dictatorship and has been taken up as an anthem for many other political conflicts. Though partially dependent on arrangers, like Manuel Camps or Carles Cases, in his early works, Llach's songwriting has largely evolved from the more basic folk-based compositions to a vastly more complex harmonic and melodic writing. His music can range from the most traditionally romantic songs, with predominantly love-based lyrics, to more complex, philosophical song-cycles and also to some more ironic, politically-based compositions, with a more upbeat tempo. When he doesn't write the lyrics of his songs he puts music to a variety of poets, including Constantine P. Cavafy, Màrius Torres, Josep Maria de Segarra, Pere Quart and, perhaps more often than with any of the others, Miquel Marti i Pol.

Llach has occasionally performed as a classical baritone, like when he sang in a series of performances of Faure's Requiem, and has also been a wine producer. He marked his retirement from music with a farewell concert in Verges (March 2007), in Baix Empordà on the Costa Brava , the village in which he grew up.

Complete recordings (LP, CD):

* Els èxits de Lluís Llach (1968)
* Ara i aquí (1970)
* Com un arbre nu (1972)
* Lluís Llach a l'Olympia (1973)
* L'Estaca (1973)
* I si canto trist… (1974)
* Viatge a Itaca (1975)
* Barcelona, gener de 1976 (1976)
* Campanades a morts (1977)
* El meu amic, el mar (1978)
* Somniem (1979)
* Verges 50 (1980)
* I amb el somriure, la revolta (1982)
* T'estimo (1984)
* Maremar (1985)
* Camp del Barça, 6 de juliol de 1985 (1985)
* Astres (1986)
* Geografia (1988)
* La forja de un rebelde (BSO)(1990)
* Torna aviat (1991)
* Ara, 25 anys en directe (1992)
* Un pont de mar blava (1993)
* Rar (1994)
* Porrera (1995)
* Nu (1997)
* 9 (1998)
* Temps de revoltes (2000)
* Jocs (2002)
* Junts (conjuntament amb Josep Carreras, 2003)
* Poetes (2004)
* Que no s'apague la llum (conjuntament amb Feliu Ventura 2005)
* i. (2006)
* Verges 2007 (2007)

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