A Spanish Collection of Traditional Music Heritage

The "Misiones folklóricas" of the CSIC

Objective of the Project

The Fondo de Música Tradicional at the Institució Milà i Fontanals (CSIC-IMF) in Barcelona has more than 20.000 melodies, copied on paper, collected between 1944 and 1960 throughout Spain; most of them were compiled through the 65 folkloric Missions and 62 notebooks presented to Competitions organized by the Folklore Section of the former Instituto Español de Musicología of the CSIC [Spanish National Research Council] in which 47 researchers participated. This website / database has now available for free consultation digitized materials of the music collected in the Competitions and Missions of Andalusia, Aragon, Balearic Islands, Castile-La Mancha, Castile and León Region, Catalonia, Extremadura, Galicia, Murcia Region, Principality of Asturias, La Rioja and Valencian Community; more materials from these and other regions from the rest of Spain are being incorporated on an ongoing basis.

With this musicological Project of the CSIC, one of the best Spanish collections of traditional music heritage, known only in part, will be available to researchers and the general public, making possible comparative studies owing to the advantages of this database. During the process of gathering of songs, hundreds of men and women throughout Spain who sang or played these pieces were identified (with an informant’s card). The dissemination of this repertory through this website will make possible for the descendants of the informants to recover the historical music memory of their families. In the schools of villages and towns where these pieces were collected, children will be able to know about and sing again the songs of the generation of their great-grandfathers; children’s songs in this Fondo often incorporate a description of the play or actions that accompany the singing (see, for instance, Concurso C14). This website can be of interest not only to researchers (see, for instance, Mission M65 collected by the renown folklorist Manuel García Matos), but also to music teachers from primary and secondary schools who would like to select material for their students, to organizations interested in the revival of traditional music in their region, and to people who want to consult songs related to their place of origin or to a particular subject. Some audio and video files are also being incorporated; see, for instance, in the menu "Sources" under "NO-DO 1956-1976", 221 videos of Spanish dances filmed by the news program No-Do between 1956 and 1976 or, under "CSIC-IMF 1944-1960", the "MISIONES FONOGRÁFICAS" and "Z1945 CILINDROS". All these materials will contribute also to know about this repertory of oral tradition in Spain and its relationship with that of the Americas.

The connection of this website with a Facebook page invites the users' participation in incorporating and sharing personal experience directly related to the repertory in the Fondo de Música Tradicional.

Research about this Fondo de Música Tradicional CSIC-IMF is part of the R+D Project "Hispanic Polyphony and Music of Oral Tradition in the Age of Digital Humanities" (HAR2016-75371-P, Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, 2017-2020).


Dr. Emilio Ros-Fábregas, Director
Permanent Researcher in Musicology, CSIC-IMF

Dr. Ascensión Mazuela-Anguita, Coordinator of Technological Development
Universidad Internacional de La Rioja
2017: Alan Lomax Postdoctoral Fellowship in Folklife Studies
         The John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress, Washington, USA

Dr. María Gembero-Ustárroz, Researcher
Permanent Researcher in Musicology, CSIC-IMF

Andrea Puentes-Blanco, Researcher
Predoctoral Fellow CSIC-IMF and Universitat de Barcelona

Dr. Antonio Pardo Cayuela, Researcher
Lecturer, Universidad de Murcia

Dr. Esperanza Clares Clares, Researcher
Lecturer, Universidad de Murcia

Jan Koláček, Webmaster
Charles University in Prague

Other contributors
Mariona Reixach Rafael, Graduate in Musicology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Esther Navarro Justicia, Undergraduate in Musicology, Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC), Barcelona
Rodrigo Ahumada Arce, Graduate student (Chile), Universitat de Barcelona
Maya Gerrand, Graduate student, Université François-Rabelais, Tours (France)

Margarita Ramírez Talavera, Graduate student, Universitat de Barcelona
                                                 Becaria del FONCA-CONACYT, México
Anna Sánchez Carafí, Graduate student, Universitat de Barcelona

Margarita Ramírez Talavera, Graduate student, Universitat de Barcelona
Becaria del FONCA-CONACYT, México
Anna Sánchez Carafí, Graduate student, Universitat de Barcelona
Henry Drummond, Graduate student, Merton College, Oxford
Ana Monica Hernández Pichardo, Graduate in Cultural Management, Universitat de Barcelona
                                               Becaria del FONCA-CONACYT, México

Irene E. López Palomo, Undergraduate student in Humanities and Musicology, Universidad de Salamanca

Juliana Sanabria AceroGraduate student (Colombia), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona


Este portal web y su contenido constituyen una obra protegida según los términos del código legal vigente sobre la propiedad intelectual. Son lícitos los usos privados y los que tengan una finalidad educativa, docente o de investigación sin ánimo de lucro ni objetivos comerciales a condición de que no alteren ni modifiquen los datos obtenidos. En caso de publicación derivada de la investigación con este Fondo, o de cualquier otro uso autorizado y legal, esta fuente se citará como sigue: “Fondo de Música Tradicional CSIC-IMF, Barcelona: www.musicatradicional.eu”.