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Guide to the Julio de Osma Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Julio de Osma Collection
    Dates: 1920-1960
    Collector: Keith W. Johnson
    Collection Size: 3 linear ft. (3 boxes)
    Repository: Stanford Music Library
    Stanford University Libraries
    Stanford, California 94305-3076
    Abstract: The collection includes over one hundred music manuscripts by Julio de Osma, three publications of his songs, and a couple dozen photocopied documents dealing with his family history and professional life.
    Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English Spanish


    Collection is open for research. Please contact the Music Library to arrange for advance retrieval of materials from off-site storage.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the repository. Publication and reproduction rights reside with the creators or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce please contact the Head, Stanford Music Library.

    Preferred Citation

    Julio de Osma Collection, Courtesy of the Stanford Music Library, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California.

    Acquisition Information

    Collection donated by Keith W. Johnson, 1959.

    Biography / Administrative History

    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.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    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 of family history documents, and copies of three autographed photographs of famous opera singers.


    Series: 1. Documents on the Julio de Osma Collection; 2. Photocopied documents; 3. Musical manuscripts; 4. Printed music.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Osma, Julio de
    Songs, Spanish