Pedro Blanco Collection

(León, 1883 - Oporto, 1919)

Date added: 2007

Contains: handwritten and printed scores, correspondence, concert programmes, photographs, press clippings and books.

Pedro Blanco

Description of the archive

Identification details

Reference code: ES.28006.BFJM/

Title/Name: Pedro Blanco Archive

Dates: 1900-1919

Citation format: Pedro Blanco Archive (Library of the Fundación Juan March. Madrid)

Description level: Collection


Archival history: After the composer's death his papers passed to his family. In early 2007 the family decided to donate his entire legacy.

Institutional history/biographical sketch: He was born in León in 1883. He was initiated in music by his father, the musician Mateo Blanco del Río. Between 1896 and 1901 he lived in Madrid, where he studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music alongside figures such as Felipe Pedrell, Andrés Monge and Juan Cantón Francés. In 1902 he won First Prize in Piano. In 1903 he moved to Oporto, where he developed his musical career as a composer, pianist, teacher and music critic. He corresponded with art world personalities such as Joaquín Turina, Tomás Bretón and Maurice Ravel. In 1917 he won First Prize in the Composition Competition of the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid with the work "Añoranzas", which he dedicated to the Madrid Provincial Council. Pedro Blanco died in Oporto on 1 May 1919.

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, photographs, collections of newspaper articles and concert programmes and his entire correspondence with numerous people over the course of 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.

Organisation: Classification table

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, using printed copies of digitized material.

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

Physical characteristics and technical requirements: Most of the documents are in good condition, although there are some on onion skin that are very fragile and that have suffered deterioration from the environment and handling, as well as others that have tears and damp stains.

Notes and Control

Notes: The collection is digitized

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