Salvador Bacarisse Chinoria Collection

(Madrid, 1898 - Paris, 1963)

Date added: 1987

Contains: 290 original handwritten scores and 164 Revox recordings.

Salvador Bacarisse Chinoria

Description of the archive

Identification details

Reference code: ES. 28006.BFJM/

Title/Name: Salvador Bacarisse Chinoria Bequest

Dates: 1919-1963

Citation format: Salvador Bacarisse Chinoria Bequest (Library of the Foundation Juan March. Madrid)

Description level: Collection


Archival history: All the papers of Salvador Bacarisse remained in his possession during his lifetime and on his death passed to his widow and son. On the death of his widow in 1976, they came into the possession of his son, Salvador Bacarisse Cuadrado, who in 1987 decided to donate them.

Institutional history/biographical sketch: Salvador Bacarisse was born in Madrid on 12 September 1898. He trained at the Madrid Conservatory and was an active member of the "Generation of the Republic". In 1923 he won first prize in the 1st National Music Competition with the work "La nave de Ulises", which was also the first of his works to be heard in public. From then until his death he composed prolifically. He was music director at Unión Radio in Madrid (1926), a member of the Madrid-based "Group of Eight" (1930), a member of the Junta Nacional de la Música y Teatro Lírico de la República (1931), a member of the music section of Alianza de Intelectuales Antifascistas para la Defensa de la Cultura (1936), and vice chairman of the Consejo Central de Música (1937), among other posts held during the Civil War which took him from Madrid to Valencia and Barcelona, from where in January 1939 he took exile in France with his family. Finally settling in Paris, he continued composing for the rest of his life and was a presenter of Spanish-language programmes on French National Radio, a platform he used to good effect to promote Spanish music. He died in Paris on 22 August 1963.

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 two broad groups: scores and recordings. The scores consist of signed manuscripts, copyist manuscripts and published scores. Most of the recordings come from the French national public broadcasting company and were recorded on Revox tape recorders.

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.

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

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.

Notes and Control

Notes: The collection is digitized

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