Photo: Bartolomé Pérez Casas

Bartolomé Pérez Casas

Lorca 1873 - Madrid 1956

He started studying as a military musician and made his musical career between Lorca and Madrid. He founded and directed the "Sociedad de Instrumentos de Viento" and the "Orquesta Filarmónica de Madrid". He also directed the "Banda del Alabardero Real Madrid" and the "Orquesta Nacional de España", in which was the first director. He was professor of harmony at the Conservatory of Madrid.

He contributed to the diffusion of Spanish Music and composed music in this way. The most important piece was the suite A mi tierra. In 1985 he won the prize awarded by the Royal Academy of Fine Arts for this piece. He played the clarinet and composed chamber works for this instrument. King Alfonso XIII asked him for make one version of the March Royal and Pérez Casas becoming owner of copyright of the National Anthem until in 1997 it was bought for the State.

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