The Mission of the Trust, in collaboration with UNM, is to support the music and musical legacy of John Donald Robb, to further his inspiring commitment to education, and to advance the understanding of music of the Southwest. You can support the work of the UNM Robb Trust by attending our events, following us on social media, and making a donation. »Learn more.
The Robb Trust congratulates the 2016 International Commission Competition winner, Marta Gentilucci.
Her commissioned work will be premiered on Sunday, March 26 at 10:30 a.m. at the 2017 John Donald Robb Composers' Symposium. Visit our website for updates.
Find out more about Marta Gentilucci at martagentilucci.com
Cancionero: Songs of Laughter and Faith in New Mexico, a collection of 13 Hispanic folk songs from John Donald Robb’s renowned archive in the University of New Mexico Libraries’ Center for Southwest Research, is scheduled for a December 2015 release by UNM Press. The songs, arranged for piano and voice, are a treasure that Robb recognized and preserved.
Purchase your copy here.
Experience the Music
View musical scores, photographs and listen to samples of John Donald Robb compositions.
Explore the extensive Robb archive of photographs, scores, performances of compositions and personal papers.
Listen to nearly 3,000 folk songs and Native American chants collected by John Donald Robb during travels in the Southwest, Latin America and Nepal from 1941-1979.
John Donald Robb loved and composed all kinds of music, but his passion for the songs of everyday folk is for what he is most remembered. Roaming the countryside of the Southwest during the 1940s and 1950s, Robb recorded and transcribed over 3,000 Hispano folk songs, the largest collection of its time . . . Robb was an adventurer who had traveled the world – Asia, Europe, South America &ndas..
-- Kelly Kowalski, KNME-TV-5, Emmy Award Winning Producer Director