Juan José Mantecón Molins Collection

(Vigo, 1895 - Madrid, 1964)

Date added: 1981

Contains: 188 scores, press clippings, letters, writings and concert programmes.

In 2004 the Foundation published Catálogo de obras (1895-1964) - (PDF - 605 KB.) Only in spanish, edited by the specialist Laura Prieto.

Juan José Mantecón Molins

Description of the archive

Identification details

Reference code: ES. 28006.BFJM/

Title/Name: Juan José Mantecón Molins Bequest

Dates: 1910-1964

Citation format: Juan José Mantecón Molins Bequest (Library of the Fundación Juan March. Madrid)

Description level: Collection


Archival history: Following the composer's death, his papers remained in the possession of his family. In 2001 his heirs decided to donate his entire legacy.

Institutional history/biographical sketch: Juan José Mantecón Molins was born in Vigo (Pontevedra) on 29 July 1895. With his family he moved to Madrid, where he earned degrees in Teaching and Law. In 1912 he joined the Ministries of Public Instruction and Public Works as a civil servant, an activity he combined with his musical and literary writings. In 1917 he started his career as a music critic in España Nueva, El Parlamentario and El Pensamiento Español. During these years he also premiered various works, including "Dos poemas líricos" and "Soliloquio para violín y piano". Between 1920 and 1934 he was music critic of the Madrid newspaper La Voz, under the pseudonym Juan del Brezo. From 1925 he collaborated in the studios of Union Radio and in the magazine Ondas. During the 1930s he premiered various works, almost all in Madrid, and after receiving a degree in Philosophy and Letters began teaching in secondary schools. Between 1941 and 1943 he worked as music critic for the magazine Santo y Seña and two years later resumed his radio talks at Radio Madrid and Radio Nacional de España. He also gave lectures and piano performances throughout Spain and during 1953 and 1954 was music critic of the daily El Alcázar. He was a great supporter of the European musical avant garde and above all of new Spanish music, made up of the members of the "Generation of '27" and the "Madrid Group" or "Group of Eight", to which he could himself be said to belong. His impressive work as a critic should not, however, diminish his achievements as a composer, centred not only on vocal but also symphonic and chamber music. He died in Madrid on 24 March 1964.

Manner of acquisition: DONATION

Content and Structure

Scope and Content: The documents in this collection consist mostly of signed and published handwritten scores, musical writings (books, lectures, press articles) and literary writings (short stories, novels, poetry, drama), personal papers and concert programmes.

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, subject to prior authorisation by the heirs.

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

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

Notes and Control

Notes: The collection is digitized

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