Fondo de Música Tradicional IMF-CSIC: A Spanish Collection of Traditional Music Heritage

The "Misiones folklóricas" of the CSIC (1944-1960): research on music of oral tradition

Objective of the Project

The Fondo de Música Tradicional at the Institució Milà i Fontanals de Recerca en Humanitats (IMF-CSIC) in Barcelona has more than 25.000 melodies, copied on paper, collected mostly 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 digital library has now available for free consultation digitized materials of more than 22.000 pieces collected in all seventeen Spanish autonomous communities: Andalusia, Aragon, Balearic Islands, Basque Country, Canary Islands, Cantabria, Castile and León, Castile-La Mancha, Catalonia, Extremadura, Galicia, La Rioja, Madrid Community, Murcia Region, Navarre, Principality of Asturias, and Valencian Community; more materials from this collection, as well as from other collections of traditional music, are being incorporated on an ongoing basis. See "Sources" in the main menu.

With this musicological Project of the CSIC, one of the best Spanish collections of traditional music heritage 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, conservatories and universities, 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: "LOMAX 1952-1953" (with links to some 1480 audios collected by Alan Lomax in Spain); "NO-DO 1956-1976" (with 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", "Z1945 CILINDROS", and "Z1949 HILO MAGNÉTICO". All these materials will contribute also to know about this repertory of oral tradition in Spain and its relationship with that of the Americas. We are also promoting modern performances of these pieces to incorporate to the website audio files (in MP3 format) to illustrate the original transcriptions; see "Performers" under the menu "People".

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 Science, Innovation and Universities, 2016-2020).


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

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

Dr. Andrea Puentes-Blanco, Researcher
Attachée temporaire d'enseignement et de recherche (ATER), Université de Toulouse Jean Jaurès (France)

Dr. Ascensión Mazuela-Anguita, Researcher
Coordinator of Technological Development FMT, 2012-2017
Lecturer, Universidad de Granada

Dr. Antonio Pardo-Cayuela, Coordinator for Music Encoding Development
Lecturer, Universidad de Murcia

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

Jan Koláček, Webmaster

Other contributors
See also "Collaborating people" (
and "Collaborating institutions" ( under the menu "People"

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

Grupo de Trabajo (GT, "Working Team") Conservatorio de Linares (Jaén)
Teachers: Juan Francisco Pérez Fuentes (Coordinator), Ana María Barragán Cobo, José Calatayud Castillo, Isabel Cánovas Juliá, Juan Colás Parrilla, José Antonio Fuentes Alhambra, Daniel Gámez Olivares, María José García García, Pedro Jesús Jiménez Moreno, Olga Jurado Pérez, Pedro Jesús Ocaña Ortiz, Pablo Prieto Hita, Manuela Redondo Millán y María Teresa Varo Mora.

Cristina Martí Martínez, Music documentalist in Mediaset and
              Administrator of Papeles de Música
Jordi Orell Villalonga, Undergraduate student, Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, ESMUC
Pedro Pablo Polo Franco, Undergraduate student (Colombia), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Paula Molina González, Doctoral student in Musicology, Universidad de Salamanca

Paula Molina González, Doctoral student in Musicology, Universidad de Salamanca
Mª Cristina Díaz Baño, Graduate Student, Universidad Internacional de Andalucía

Sofía López Martínez, Graduate Student, Universidad Internacional de Andalucía

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 IMF-CSIC, Barcelona:”.

How to cite

"Fondo de Música Tradicional IMF-CSIC: A Spanish Collection of Traditional Music Heritage ", Fondo de Música Tradicional IMF-CSIC, ed. E. Ros-Fábregas (accession date: 01 Mar 2021),