Julio Gómez García Collection

(Madrid, 1886 - Madrid, 1973)

Date added: 2006

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

In 1987 the Foundation published Catálogo de obras de Julio Gómez (PDF - 17 MB), edited by Beatriz Martínez del Fresno, who gave a lecture on the composer in May 2004 titled "Julio Gómez: el intelectual de la Generación de los Maestros" Only in spanish, within the Open Session on "El esplendor de la música española"

Julio Gómez García

Description of the archive

Identification details

Reference code: ES. 28006.BFJM/

Title/Name: Julio Gómez García Bequest

Dates: 1904-1973

Citation format: Julio Gómez García Bequest (Library of the Juan March Foundation. Madrid)

Description level: Collection


Archival history: Following the composer's death, his papers remained in the possession of his family. In 2006 his heirs decided to donate his entire legacy.

Institutional history/biographical sketch: Domingo Julio Gómez García was born in Madrid on 20 December 1886. He is considered to belong to the "Generation of the Masters", together with Conrado del Campo, Joaquín Turina and others. In 1899 he entered the Royal Conservatory in Madrid, where his teachers included Manuel Fernández Grajal (piano), Felipe Pedrell (music history and aesthetics) and Emilio Serrano (composition). He also earned a degree in Humanities from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in 1908. Between 1909 and 1911 he was choirmaster at the Teatro Real opera house in Madrid. He joined the Professional Association of Archivists, Librarians and Archaeologists in 1911. In 1912 he won the National Music Prize and in 1915 was appointed to the post of Librarian at the Royal Conservatory in Madrid, a post he was to occupy until his retirement in 1956. His work "Suite en La" for orchestra premiered to great acclaim in 1917. He also distinguished himself as a music critic for the Madrid dailies La Jornada and El Liberal. He managed the music journal and band music publisher Harmonía with great efficiency from 1916 to 1959. In 1934 he won the National Music Prize for the "Catorce poemas líricos" song cycle, which includes settings of poems by Juana de Ibarbourou, and again the next year for his cycle of songs to texts by Lope de Vega. In 1948 he was personal substitute for Joaquín Turina in the Counterpoint, Fugue and Composition class at the Madrid Conservatory, where between 1952 and 1956 he served as Professor of Composition. He was very active in teaching at the Conservatory and played an important role in teaching Composition to the young members of the so-called Generation of '51. In 1956 he retired as a professor and librarian and became a member of the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts. He died in Madrid on 22 December 1973.

Manner of acquisition: DONATION

Content and Structure

Scope and Content: The documents in this collection consist mostly of signed and published handwritten scores, personal papers, newspaper articles, concert programmes and the abundant correspondence he maintained with numerous people during his life.

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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