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Julio de Osma Collection.


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  • Music - Score
  • 3 linear ft. (3 boxes)
Title Variation:
De Osma Collection
Osma Collection
Collection is open for research. Researchers may request paging of items by contacting the Music Library.
The collection consists mainly of Julio de Osma’s original music manuscripts. The compositions are predominantly light pieces, or “parlor music” such as Spanish dances for piano, and songs with texts by the Spanish poet Manuel Machado. Osma’s style displays a strong Spanish influence. About half of the programs, from a total of eight, are for benefit concerts. Most of the newspaper clippings are related to Osma’s Russian concert tour. There are a couple family history documents, and copies of three autographed photographs of famous opera singers.
The Julio de Osma Collection was donated in 1959 by Keith W. Johnson, grand nephew of the composer.
Julio de Osma was born in Barcelona, Spain in 1888. His mother came from a distinguished Castillian family, and his father was a well known organist. Julio de Osma started his music education as a young child. At 12 years he was performing regularly as an organist. At 17 he received his Bachelor of Arts degree. He studied church music, piano, and composition in Barcelona and Paris. During the late 1920s De Osma toured Russia with the tenor Sergei Radamsky. De Osma founded a conservatory of music in San Jose, Costa Rica. He was married in New York in 1924 to Edra Arlonene. Julio de Osma has been most appreciated for his songs; the Boston Music Company published Esa es (She passed me like a dream), and the set Songs of my Spanish soil.

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