Antonio Fernández-Cid Collection

(Orense, 1916 – Madrid, 1995)

Date added: 2012

Contains: His record collection of Spanish contemporary music, made up of 504 vinyl records and 200 DVDs, 60 handwritten and printed scores signed by the composers, a photographic archive —the majority of the photos are signed by the performers or composers— and a collection of handbills for concerts between 1928 and 1989, the majority of which are bound and classified by institution, featuring some of the most important institutions on the Spanish scene. Fernandez-Cid had a close relationship with Fundación Juan March: he was an intern in 1974 when he wrote Cien años de teatro musical en España (1875-1975) (100 years of musical theatre in Spain (1875-1975)) and he contributed to lectures and for the notes to programs. Much of his output as a music critic can be consulted in the Library's catalogue.

Antonio Fernández-Cid

Description of the archive

Identification details

Reference code: ES.28006.BFJM/

Title/Name: Antonio Fernández-Cid de Temes Collection

Dates: 1916-1995

Citation format: Antonio Fernández-Cid collection (Library of the Juan March Foundation. Madrid)

Description level: Contents


Archival history: Antonio Fernández-Cid remained in possession of his documents during his life. In 2012 his heirs and children decided to donate them.

Institutional history/biographical sketch: Antonio Fernández-Cid was born in Orense on 1 November 1916. He studied Law prior to joining the army as a Second Lieutenant, eventually reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Special Intervention Unit. During many years he combined his military career with his musical activities. He was married to Dolores Alcolea, with whom he had eight children. In 1980 he was made a member of the Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando. He died on 3 March 1995.

In 1940 he started his career as a music critic for the newspaper ABC, working as a stand-in as required for the head music critic at that time, the guitarist Regino Sainz de la Maza. He also worked for the newspaper Arriba as a successor to Federico Sopeña, from 1943 to 1952. In that year he became a permanent music critic for ABC and for the weekly Blanco y Negro, for which he worked continuously except for the period between 1960 and 1966 in which he was Music Writer for the paper Informaciones. He contributed to many other newspapers and magazines: El Español, La Vanguardia, Mundo Hispánico, Diario Vasco, El Correo Español del pueblo vasco, La Estafeta Literaria, and El Diario de las Américas.

He also provided commentary music for various different television programs. In 1965 he received the National Radio Prize for his work in that medium. He gave dozens of lectures and wrote 25 books as well as many articles and contributions to reference works and program notes for concerts.

Manner of acquisition: DONATION

Content and Structure

Scope and Content: Amongst the contents of this collection the highlight is the record collection of contemporary Spanish music, made up of 504 vinyl records and 200 DVDs. The content is enriched by 60 handwritten and printed scores signed by the composers, the photographic archive —he majority of the photos are signed by the performers or composers— and the collection of handbills.

Evaluation, selection, removal: Given their historical interest, all the documents are to be preserved permanently, in accordance with Law 16/1985 of 25 June on Spanish Historical Heritage.

Conditions Governing Access and Use

Conditions governing access: The documents are open to all.

Conditions governing reproduction: Reproduction is permitted for research and study purposes only.

Language/script(s) of the documents: The predominant language is Spanish.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements: In general most of the documents are in good condition, although there are some on onionskin that are very fragile and that have suffered deterioration from the environment and handling.

Notes and Control

Notes: The contents are in the process of being inventoried and catalogued and awaiting digitalisation.

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