González Barrón, Ramón
- José López-Calo
(b Villanueva del Campo, Aug 12, 1897; d Villanueva del Campo, July 30, 1987). Spanish composer and choirmaster. He studied at the seminary in León and at the Universidad Eclesiástica of Santiago, obtaining a degree in theology in 1923. At the same time he studied solfège and the piano with Coggiola and harmony and counterpoint with Uriarte; in Madrid he studied composition with Emilio Vega. He took successive appointments as choirmaster at the cathedrals of Mondoñedo (1921), Astorga (1926) and Madrid (1946).
Although González Barrón’s music never received much attention, his numerous writings, lectures and concerts had a great influence. In all his activities he fought for the purity and dignity of religious music, particularly in the diocese of Madrid. He founded in 1959 the Agrupación Coral Nuestra Señora de la Almudena, with which he gave many concerts, performing a repertory of consistently high quality. In addition, he was consultant to various diocesan and national commissions on the liturgy and sacred music, was one of the principal organizers of the fifth Congreso Nacional de Música Sagrada in Madrid (...