A study of the Spanish composer Antonio Jose Martinez Palacios (1902-1936), one of the most promising composers, conductors and folklorists of his generation, who was assassinated in Burgos at the outset of the Spanish Civil War. Extensive use of the city's two most important newspapers of the period, the Diario de Burgos and El Castellano, has been made and has provided many new biographical and bibliographical details. These, together with the incorporation of material from unpublished and autobiographical manuscripts, have revealed the extent and significance of Antonio Jose's critical and musicological activity for the first time.
Each of the four main periods of Antonio Jose's life is presented in a new light: from his childhood in Burgos and studies in Madrid, to his four-year term as a music teacher in Malaga and his return to Burgos in 1929 to conduct the Orfe6n Burgales. These four periods are discussed in the four sections of the main body of the thesis. Possible reasons for his death, which is now known to have taken place on 8 October, three days earlier than has previously been thought, are explored in the conclusion. A compilation of his writings and interviews, as well as an extensive catalogue of works, complements these findings. 2 volumes, vii + 134, 336pp, bibliography, discography, catalogue of works, collection of texts.