The Orbón mss., 1930-1991, consist of the correspondence, musical manuscripts, photographs, printed music, and recordings of Spanish composer, Julián Orbón.
Born on August 7, 1925, in Aviles, Spain, Orbón lived in Cuba from 1940 to 1960, following which he moved to Mexico. In 1946, Orbón was awarded a grant to study at the Tanglewood Music Center, where he studied with Aaron Copland. In 1954, he won the Juan de Landaeta Prize at the International Festival of Caracas (Venezuela) for his work; Tres versiones sinfónicas followed in 1958, along with one of his most important compositions, Concerto grosso for string quartet and orchestra. He also collaborated with Pete Seeger on the musical adaptation of the famous Guantanamera tune and adapted the lyrics of the song based on a poem by Cuban poet José Martí. He later became a lecturer at the University of Washington, the University of Miami, and in 1981, at Princeton University.
Collection size: 800 items
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