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Uría Ríu, Juan (1891-1979)

Lugar de nacimiento: 
Historiador, Profesor de la Universidad de Oviedo
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Lomax anota en sus diarios a 18 de noviembre de 1952:

Actually our visit to Asturias consisted 50% of Don Juan Luria, professor of Spanish history in the University of Oviedo. The University of Oviedo is a smokey yellow romanesque quadrangle, in the interior court of which they young male students lounge and smoke between classes. It is very cold in the quadrangle and in the class rooms, but Don Luria's office upstairs in the admin depart. is really nice and warm. He sits at a high square desk, stacked with books, manuscripts, folios, notes, writing materials, the fragments of 100 jobs all in progress at once, and many perhaps doomed never to be finished. He is a big man, his skin is the same colour as the university building, smokey yellow, he has small bright eyes that poke out at you over their dark pouches. He is a big man for a spaniard, extremely active, energetic and gay, but you can tell he has been sick. The Surgeon in Madrid told him it was only the nerves of the heart, but when he hurries up two flights of stairs he has to stop and take it easy the rest of the way. When his phone rings he talks a kind of shorthand into the receiver, leaving out the middle of the paragraphs. He writes the broken illegible and distinguished hand common to the scholars of his period who had their minds frozen by to much Greek and Latin and then their spirits crushed by the German research method. he has been interested in everything connected with anthropology and history and says he has wasted his time by not specializing but adds, "It was a happy life". He has always done the research that pleased him. At one time when he was young, he wandered through all the cordillera of Asturias living with the vaceros and he knows more about them than probably any other person. He likes to sit in a bar with just anybody and do what the Austrians called "fafaron" about their music, then he shouts one of their wild and craggy tunes in his extremely high pitched voice. He always brings down the house, and he looks round the room and laughs his really demented laugh opening his mouth and turning his head from side to side like a bird and says, "Man, there is no vacero who lives up in those hills can sing his own songs with my style, nan". We were friends almost from the fist moment, two fanatics had made a pact. From then on, for about twelve days, Don Juan Kept me and Pip powerful busy, and he must have spent at least half his time with us. Don Luria's friends were everywhere in Asturias. All he had to do was call them on the phone and the red carpet was rolled out for us and the singers sang as best they could [...].

Sus interpretaciones se publicaron en Alan Lomax in Asturias, November 1952 (Global Jukebox Media, 2011), 2 CDs, 101 canciones y booklet editado por Judith Cohen: "El gran historiador Juan Uría Ríu (Uviéu/Oviedo, 1891–1979), intérprete de esta tonada, fue gura capital de los intelectuales asturianistas del siglo XX y también un gran conocedor de las tradiciones y el folclore del país. Se conservan grabaciones de vaqueiras interpretadas por él en discos de 78 rpm. Amigo del musicólogo Eduardo Martínez Torner, con quién Lomax trabajó después, y del lólogo Ramón Menéndez Pidal, era una referencia casi obligada para quienes decidieran abordar trabajos de campo etnográ cos musicológicos en Asturias en los años de la posguerra. Nota de la editora: Juan Uría Maqua, también gran historiador y conocedor de la tradición musical de los vaqueiros de alzada, es el hijo de Juan Uría Ríu, y, junto con su esposa Da. Fidela Líbano Zumalacárregui, me invitó a su casa en 2003 y me explicaron muchos aspetos de estas tradiciones; su hija Fidela Uría Líbano, autora de las notas de la primera parte de este CD, es nieta de Juan Uría Ríu". Se recoge una fotografía del informante en 2003.

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Muestra 1 - 7 de 7
Título Fecha Título Tipo de documento
AFC 2004/004: MS 03.05.54 1953/05/16 Correspondencia entre Alan Lomax y José Uría Ríu Carta
AFC 2004/004: MS 03.04.46 1953/05/28 Correspondencia entre Alan Lomax, José Esparza Iranzo, José Iranzo y Carlos Fernández Solís Carta
AFC 2004/004: MS 03.04.28 1953/06/16 Correspondencia entre Alan Lomax y Julio Caro Baroja Carta
AFC 2004/004: MS 03.02.57 1952/11/13 aprox. Letras de canciones de Alan Lomax en Arenas de Cabrales (Asturias) Song lyrics
AFC 2004/004: MS 03.02.32 1952/11 Diarios de Alan Lomax y Jeanette Bell en Galicia Diario de campo
AFC 2004/004: MS 03.02.31 1952/11/07-18 Cuaderno de campo de Lomax en Asturias y León Tarjeta de visita, Cuaderno, Song lyrics
AFC 2004/004: MS 03.02.30 1952/11/12-18 Notas de campo y diarios de Alan Lomax y entrevista Juan Uría Diario de campo, Cuaderno

Cómo citar

Ascensión Mazuela-Anguita, "Uría Ríu, Juan (1891-1979)", Fondo de Música Tradicional IMF-CSIC, ed. E. Ros-Fábregas (fecha de acceso: 07 May 2021),