Román Alís Archive

(Palma de Mallorca, 1948- Madrid, 2006)

Date added: 2016

It contains the Music production of the composer (223 opus). Press clippings and other documents of interest to understand his work

Román Alís Flores

Description of the archive

Identification details

Reference code: ES.28006.BFJM/LRA

Title/Name: Archive of Román Alís

Dates: 1948-2006

Citation format: Archive of Román Alís (Fundación Juan March library. Madrid)

Description level: Collection


Archival history: Román Alís Flores' documentation was owned by him throughout his life. In 2016 his heirs agreed to give the composer's archive to the Foundation's Spanish Library of Contemporary Music and Theatre.

Institutional history/biographical sketch: Román Alís Flores was born in Palma de Mallorca in 1931 and died in Madrid in 2006. Between 1948 and 1959 he studied music at the Conservatorio Superior Municipal de Música in Barcelona under maestros such as Rafael Gálvez, Juan Pich Santasusana, Joaquín Zamacois and Eduard Toldrá. In 1961 he won the First Grand Prize for Composition in the Divonne-les-Bains International Competition held in Paris, where he met composers such as Olivier Messiaen and Salvador Bacarisse, among others. In 1963 he was appointed lecturer of counterpoint and fugue at the Conservatorio Superior de Música in Seville, and from 1971 he lectured in composition at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música in Madrid until his retirement in 1996.

His work Los salmos cósmicos was composed thanks to a grant from the Fundación Juan March in 1969. His professional career included work as a commentator, composer and a director and arranger for radio, film and television.

Román Alís received numerous commissions from orchestras, festivals and other entities, including the Spanish National Orchestra, Cuenca Religious Music Week and the Centre for the Promotion of Contemporary Music. He was also a public speaker and a judge for various music prizes and competitions.

Manner of acquisition: DONATION

Content and Structure

Scope and Content: The majority of the documents in this collection can be divided into the following groups: The manuscripts and printed scores of the composer's complete catalogue; orchestrations by other composers; music for audiovisual formats (TV and film); documents and speeches.

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.

Organization: Classification index

Conditions Governing Access and Use

Conditions governing access: Access to the documents is open.

Conditions governing reproduction: Reproduction permitted for research, study and performance 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.

Notes and Control

Notes: The collection is indexed but pending cataloguing and digitising.

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