Mro. Lorenzo Gatt

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Mro. Lorenzo Gatt

Mro. Lorenzo Gatt was the fifth bandmaster who had the Każin San Ġiużepp u Banda De Rohan over the years has been in place since 1860. This clever Maestro was born in Ħaż-Żebbuġ on 18 September, 1856.

Lorenzo Gatt was born and raised in a family where music was something sacred, they could not fail to early childhood was inclined to musical art as was his father Ġianpatist. Lorenzo Gatt began his musical studies at a young age under his father and continued this teaching under other conductors. For 14 years, was Ġianpatist musician and organist of the Cathedral of Mdina within the Maestro di Cappella Vincenzo Bugeja. Father of Lorenzo, Ġianpatist died when he was only 20 years old, it was in 1876. That year the time Lorenzo had been studying so much to need his father to help his studies.

The Cathedral Chapter was well aware what translates Lorenzo, who was still young at 20 years. Thus encouraged Lorenzo to take his father's work. Although small refused to give up. Lodged an appeal to the Archbishop of that time Mgr. Gaetano Pace Fornu to occupy his father's place.

The young man presented himself at the bishop and asked him to replace his father's employer. The Bishop iggustah ringing organ such speed and sweetness so convinced of his ability, saying "too young". Lorenzo responded, saying "Monsignor, please give a job, I am for me to grow". The Bishop congratulated him, blessed and approved his choice as the organist of the Cathedral. In its order the bishop told Lorenzo to take to grow not only in time but also in the study. This was not something light because when this church was organist will conduct celebrations was there throughout the year. It was also linked to the year composing amount of sacred music so much as a year Solemn Mass, funeral Masses and other sacred music. The Headmaster continued to occupy this post for a full 41 years after the death of his father.

His study was mild. Had to make many sacrifices to teach music. After his father continued to study him at the said Fr. Alwiġ Fenech, Vittoriosa from the first note containing future. Connect time also studying at the Augustinian Fr. Joseph Spiteri Fremond.

It was customary in those times, when in a church were got a new organ, were to invite several organists play. One certainly would, Maestro Lorenzo Gatt, as was the case in 1906 when the Archpriest Alberto Dalli invited Lorenzo to play on the new organ in the Parish church of Ħaż-Żebbuġ.

Outside the organ was good ringing the violin, the cello, the piano and some hand tools. It was also known for piano repairs and church organs. The life of Maestro Lorenzo Gatt was divided into three categories - organist, composer and director.

As Director of Bands in 1888 is found for the first time with the Għaqda Mużikali L'Isle Adam at Rabat. Dam directing to this band for five years. In year 1892 he was appointed headmaster and director of Banda De Rohan ran occupy this post until the year 1900. Żebbuġ native village, the Maestro Gatt was very loved from olives, especially by members of the Circolo Rohan and musicians. Bandmaster was also two military bands stationed in Mtarfa.

As a composer too was known for his music. He has written many sacred music for organ and orchestra. Among his great work we find the De Requiem Mass Great, Diesirae, Rex Tremende Maestatis, Reġina Coeli and Sancte Paule, A Cinque Party and others. In the Sacred Music Maestro Gatt also wrote sinfoniji, marches and anthems. Most of his music is in the archive of the Museum.

The conductor Lorenzo Gatt died on 9 May 1926 at his home, Rabat.