Sánchez Fraile received ecclesiastical formation at the Pontifical Seminary of Salamanca . In 1925, while studying Theology at the Pontifical University of Salamanca (UPSA), he obtained the position of organist at the Astorga Cathedral and was appointed professor of music at the seminary. In 1928, two years after being ordained a priest, he won the opposition as organist at the Cathedral of Salamanca . He held this position for nearly forty years. In 1931 he graduated in Theology and in 1935 he made an official career in music at the Royal Conservatory of Madrid , with studies of music theory, piano, harmony and composition; that same year he was appointed professor of History of Music and Aesthetics. [ 1] In 1943 he was already in charge of the direction of the so-called "Masa Coral de Salamanca", one of the most important artistic groups in Spain, made up of 150 performers, who appeared at theMadrid Theaterto participate in a national competition of folklore. [ 2 ] After receiving his doctorate in 1944 at the Pontifical Salamanca, the following year he won the chair of History of Spanish Music at the Madrid Conservatory by opposition. He was professor of Harmony and special of music in the Normal School of Teachers of Salamanca from 1957 to 1967, year in which he was appointed professor. [ 1 ] He was the author of numerous religious and folk compositions. Especially highlights the workSalmantino new songbook , published in 1943. [ 3 ]
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- «The Coral Mass of Salamanca» . La Vanguardia (Hemeroteca) : 10. December 17, 1943 . Retrieved January 20, 2018 .
- Pérez Gutiérrez, Mariano (1985). "Sánchez Fraile, Anibal" . Dictionary of music and musicians . AKAL editions. p. 149. ISBN 978-84-7090-138-6 . Retrieved January 20, 2018 .
- Magadan Chao, P .; García Zarza, E. (coord.) (2003). «D. Aníbal: Cum Laude Probatus ». Salamanca in the fifties of the s. XX: a peculiar decade. Fiftieth anniversary of the Foundation. Salamanca Studies Center. 1951-2001 . Salamanca: Salamanca Studies Center. pp. 115-132.