There were two main musical themes for the 1992 Games. The first one was " Barcelona ", a classical crossover song composed five years earlier by Freddie Mercury and Mike Moran ; Mercury was an admirer of lyric soprano Montserrat Caballé , both recorded the official theme as a duet. Due to Mercury's death eight months earlier, the duo was unable to perform the song together during the opening ceremony. A recording of the song instead played over a travelogue of the city at the start of the opening ceremony, seconds before the official countdown.   " Amigos Para Siempre " ( Friends for Life ) was the other musical theme. It was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black , and sung by Sarah Brightman and José Carreras during the closing ceremonies.