Delfín Colomé Collection

(Barcelona, 1946 – Seúl (República de Corea), 2008)

Date added: 2014

Contains: 233 scores, correspondence, personal papers and concert programmes.

Documentation related with his activity as composer: all kinds of materials relating to the composition of each of his works. Handwritten and printed scores, all kinds of materials relating to the composition of each of his works (concert programmes, press clippings, professional photographs), correspondence, documentation on performers. Sound recordings (CD) archive contains some special editions and unpolished concerts.

Delfín Colomé

Description of the archive

Identification details

Reference code: ES.28006.BFJM/ LDC

Title/Name: Delfín Colomé Collection

Dates: 1981-2010

Citation format: Delfín Colomé Collection (Library of the Fundación Juan March. Madrid)

Description level: Collection


Archival history: All the papers of Delfín Colomé remained in his possession during his lifetime. In June 2014, his widow, Mrs. Elena Sánchez, formally handed the composer's archive over to the Foundation's Spanish Contemporary Music and Theatre Library.

Institutional history/biographical sketch: Delfin Colomé (Barcelona, 1946 - Seoul (Republic of Korea), 2008). He studied music at the Municipal Conservatory of Music of the city, studying piano with Teresa Balcells and harmony, composition, instrumentation and conducting with Lluis Pallí Moreno. He also was a member of the "Nova Cancó Catalana" and musical director of the "Obra del Ballet Popular", where he acquired a solid practice in conducting. After a long hiatus in which he practiced law and entered the diplomatic service, in 1980 started composing regularly. Furthermore, Delfín Colomé has written regularly about music on newspapers such as "Diario 16" and in academic journals. It also gave worldwide lectures on Spanish Contemporary Music. Although his works have addressed different topics, highlights their concerns about the world of dance, epitomized lies in the book "El indiscreto encanto de la danza" (The indiscreet charm of the Dance, 1989). In 1992, he was one of the Spanish composers who wrote music for the Olympic Games in Barcelona. It was, moreover, a professor of aesthetics at the Autonomous University of Madrid and musical adviser issues "Fundació la Caixa", for which he has directed several courses of Chamber Music. He was also artistic director of the Chamber Orchestra of Algeciras and as career diplomat was Ambassador of Spain in the Philippines (with Guest of the Cebu Youth Symphony Orchestra Director) and Singapore, and director of cultural relations at the Ministry of Foreign and CEO the Asia-Europe Foundation. In July 2005 he was appointed ambassador to Spain in South Korea, a position he held until his death.

Manner of acquisition: DONATION

Content and Structure

Scope and Content: Most of the documents in this collection belong to one or other of the following groups: handwritten and published scores, personal and professional writings, collections of newspaper articles and concert programmes, correspondence, professional photographs, and sound recordings.

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, study and performance purposes only.

Language/script(s) of the documents: The predominant language is Spanish, but there are documents in French, English and German.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements: Most of the documents are in good condition.

Associated Documents

Other related units: Sociedad General de Autores y Editores

Notes and Control

Notes: The collection is digitized

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