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Benavides Moro, Nicolás (1883-1965)

Date of performance: 
Noviembre de 1952
Place of birth: 
La Bañeza
General de Estado Mayor
Place of residence: 
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Sirvió de intermediario entre Lomax y sus informantes de León. En sus diarios, Lomax anota:

The Spanish are nothing if not cautious. It took all of my aquantances [sic] four months to tell me that there was an official institute of folklore and ethnology in Madrid.
It was upstairs over a government tourist bureau. The elevator was puzzling, you opened a door that looked like an ordinary office door, there, right close in front of your nose was an iron gate which opened on the same side. When you opened the iron gate there were just inside two doors that slid back into the elegant little mahogony ancensor. One couldn't call it an elevator, it makes it sound too powerful, its a thing that rises rather than elevates. Once inside the sliding doors one had to reach back out to close the outside office door. One felt much nicer about closing the iron gate afterwards one folded shut the two mahogony sliding doors and felt real private and cosy like going to the Jon.
Up four flights one passed in gold embossed the names of half a dozen other institutes. On the fourth floor there were half a dozen more, and just as many libraries. The Institute of Social Economics, The Institute of International Law, and its library, etc. but every one of them was dark, for it was only five o'clock in the afternoon and no-one had come to work yet. The little man in the coridoor [sic] said 5.30, 6.00, 6.30---and his voice faded off as I fled. At 6 o'clock sure enough when I came back there were students in every library, and a head of the institute and a secretary in each institute, sound with the pallid clatter of typewriters in the passages.
In the folklore institute there was a lantern jawed, hollow eyed man and a handsome red-headed lady who heard my story in a state of mild shock that anyone should be so energetic. I made my collection sound as bad as possible. They sent me along to consult General Benevides about prospects in Leon.
He lived at the top of an apartment house in a busy street and he had a reception room with three rose colored chairs and one rose colored settee. There I was made to sit and await my first general. His hands shook, he was 70, bad heart, no question. He was extremely polite and tried to get rid of me as quickly as he could by offering at once to write a series of tarjetas. Two days later, with these four little cards in their envelopes, Pip and I drove into Leon. It was very dark and cold. We both sighed for those Valencian orange groves that breath out the heat like slow dark green fires, even at night. The first card of Generla Benevidi's took us to the house of Honorato [...].

En sus notas de campo, Lomax anota: "Nicolas Banavides Moro who knows Leon well Centro Leones". 

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Title Date Title Type of document
AFC 2004/004: MS 03.04.15 1953 aprox. Carta de Alan Lomax para Nicolás Benavides Moro Letter
AFC 2004/004: MS 03.02.31 1952/11/07-18 Cuaderno de campo de Lomax en Asturias y León Card (tarjeta de visita), Notebook, Song lyrics
AFC 2004/004: MS 03.02.29 1952/11 Diarios, notas de campo y entrevistas de Alan Lomax y Jeanette Bell en León Diary, Notebook

How to cite

Ascensión Mazuela-Anguita, "Benavides Moro, Nicolás (1883-1965)", Fondo de Música Tradicional IMF-CSIC, ed. E. Ros-Fábregas (accession date: 10 Apr 2021),