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José Porfirio Gallart Collection

Identifier: JPG

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a number of musical compositions by José Porfirio “Pepe” Gallart Carcasses. Included are fourteen musical compositions in manuscript, one printed set of sheet music, one concert recording of the 130th Birthday of José Porfirio Gallart, one photograph, and various ephemera relating to the commemoration of José Gallart and his works.


  • Creation: 1907 - 2017


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Biographical / Historical

Noted Cuban pianist and composer José Porfirio “Pepe” Gallart Carcasses was born 19 December 1887 in Guantanamo, Cuba. At age eleven, Gallart traveled alone from Cuba, to South Bend, Indiana, to attend Notre Dame as a minim, eventually matriculating into the University itself. Though an engineering student, Gallart was involved in numerous musical extracurriculars while at Notre Dame, including the University Orchestra and the Sorin Choir. He graduated from Notre Dame in 1907 with a degree in civil engineering.

Following his time at Notre Dame, Gallart chose to abandon engineering in favor of his music. Returning to Cuba, Gallart studied harmony and composition through a correspondence course under Professor Alfred Wooder. He would later return to the United States to study music in Philadelphia, eventually leaving for England to pursue a doctorate in the subject. Subsequent to his return to Cuba, Gallart established himself as a pianist as well as a composer, dedicating several of his works to his wife, Alicia.

José Gallart died 16 August 1946 in Guantanamo, Cuba.


0.5 Cubic Feet (1 16x20)

Language of Materials

Spanish; Castilian

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection donated by Mercedes and Carl Updike.

Related Materials

References to José Gallart at Notre Dame appear in various issues of the Notre Dame Scholastic (1899-1908), the Bulletin of the University of Notre Dame (1905-1908), The 1900-1901 Prospectus of St. Edward’s Hall, and the Notre Dame Alumnus (1934), all held by the Notre Dame Archives.

Additional material concerning José Gallart’s time at Notre Dame related through his father’s, also José Gallart’s, correspondence, and can be found in the Notre Dame Archives within the following collections: PEL, PWC, and GSBB. Much of the material also concerns Jose’s younger brother, Juan Gallart.

Lauren Jean
21 March 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Archives Repository

607 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame Indiana 46556 United States
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