The Palau de la Música Catalana was originally built for a famous choral society called Orfeo Catala, which in the beginning of the 20th century was leading a cultural awakening in Catalonia. It was inaugurated on February 8, 1908, and Domèmench i Montaner was granted an award for the best building of 1908 by the city council.
The design of the palace follows the Catalan Art Nouveau style even though the architect also, unlike many other modernist buildings, used rational design and the latest materials of the time, which were incorporated into the construction of the palace. Domèmench i Montaner gave much creative freedom to the craftsmen and artisans who were carving the famous and detailed façade of the building, hence, providing a special, typical Catalan profile associated with the palace.
Many famous soloists, directors, composers and orchestras have been performing in the beautiful main hall of the palace, including Maurice Ravel, Igor Stravinsky, Richard Strauss, Herbert Von Karajan, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Woody Allen, to name few. The Palau de la Música was granted an UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1997, as it represents an important cultural landmark in Catalonia.