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Antonio Jose (1902 - 1936)

Martnez Palacios was born on 12th December 1902 in Burgos, then a small city far removed from the cultural concerns of Madrid or Barcelona. Despite this, the young musician made a name for himself and before he was twenty was awarded a grant to continue his studies in Madrid. In 1920, at the age of eighteen, Martnez was appointed orchestral conductor of the Teatro de la Latina, although his work there was fairly limited given that the theatres repertoire consisted mainly of revues and other such light entertainment. Very little is known even today about his years in Madrid. As yet no light has been shed on his teachers or the people or music that influenced him, but we do know that he began to write more ambitious works, such as the Sonata castellana (Castilian Sonata, 1922), followed a year later by the Sinfona castellana (Castilian Symphony), his most formally advanced orchestral work. Other piano works dating from these years include the Danza de los bufones (Dance of the Jesters, 1920), the Poema de la juventud (Poem of Youth, 1924), the title by which his Fourth Sonata is known, and the Tres danzas burgalesas (Three Dances from Burgos, 1924). He also began to direct a number of choral ensembles, a very popular form of music-making in 1920s Spain, choral singing frequently being linked to the development of workers movements from the 1880s onwards. In 1925 and 1926, Antonio Jos travelled to Paris, and this was to have a definitive influence on his style. While his use of Castilian folk-music put him



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