Juan Vasquez


Born: 1510; Badajoz   Died: 1560; Seville, Spain  
A chapel singer from boyhood, Spanish composer Juan Vásquez left few traces of himself beyond some important published collections of music, most of it secular. Vásquez was born sometime around 1500; his engagement in 1511 as a "contralto" at the cathedral of Plasencia indicates that he was still a boy at that time. He doesn't appear in any other records for nearly 20 years. In late 1530 he turns up at Badajoz Cathedral, teaching plainchant to Read more the choirboys. The year 1539 finds him singing in Palencia Cathedral; he seems to have gone to Madrid in 1541, but by 1545 he was back in provincial Badajoz as the cathedral's chapel master. In 1551, he was on the payroll of Seville's Don Antonio de Zuñiga, to whom Vásquez dedicated his collection that year of Villancicos I canciones. It's thought that Vásquez remained in Seville until his death, which may have been around 1560.

His sole surviving work of sacred music is the Agenda defunctorum of 1556; the music employs both plainchant and polyphony, with his best and most extensive use of polyphony to be found in the Requiem from that collection. The bulk of Vásquez's compositions, though, are secular villancicos, employing texts by leading Spanish poets of the day. Many of them also include folk poetry and allude to Spanish folk song styles, and they seem to have been quite popular during the composer's lifetime. Read less
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  • 1.
    Gold / The King's Singers
    Label: Signum Classics   Catalog: 500 Release Date: 11/03/2017   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Robert Chilcott,  John Lennon,  Frances,  Kidjo Angelique  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
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    Al alva Venid: Secular Music from the Spanish Renaissance / Almajano, Ensemble la Romanesca
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 80203 Release Date: 07/07/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Luis de Narváez,  Juan del Enzina,  Diego Ortiz  ... 
    Performer:  Marta Almajano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble La Romanesca
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    Vasquez: Soledad tengo de ti - Vocal Music / Ensemble Vandalia
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95316 Release Date: 10/28/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Juan Vasquez,  Mateo Guerrero
    Performer:  Victor Sordo,  Javier Cuevas,  Gabriel Diaz,  Rocio De Frutos  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vandalia (Vocal Ensemble)
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    El aire se serena / Seldom Sene
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95304 Release Date: 03/25/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio De Cabezón,  Francisco Guerrero,  Phillippe Verdelot,  Cristóbal de Morales  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seldom Sene
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    Una frontera invisible / Capella Iberica, Manuel Torrado
    Label: Enchiriadis   Catalog: 2043 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Estêvao de Brito,  Juan Vasquez,  Cristóbal de Morales,  Manuel Mendes  ... 
    Performer:  Marta Calvo
    Conductor:  Manuel Torrado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Ibérica
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  • 6.
    Spanish Renaissance Music
    Label: Tuxedo Music   Catalog: 1039 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaspar Fernandes,  Juan Gutierrez de Padilla,  Antonio de Salazar,  Gerónimo González  ... 
    Conductor:  John Alexander,  Ron Purcell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ancient Instrumental Ensemble
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    Vasquez: Gentil Senora Mia - 16th Century Songs & Villancicos / Quink
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94711 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Juan Vasquez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quink Vocal Ensemble
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  • 8.
    Ay, Amor: About Love, Desire And Passion
    Label: Tyx Art   Catalog: 13021 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Federico Garcia Lorca,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Federico Mompou  ... 
    Performer:  Ulrike [Guitar (Classical)] Merk
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Arcadie
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  • 9.
    Music From The Spanish Kingdoms
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 3447 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Juan del Encina,  Joan Albert Amargós,  Alonso Hernandez,  Anonymous  ... 
    Conductor:  Nancy Hadden
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Circa 1500
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    Cancion del Emperador: Music for Vihuela
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 80108 Release Date: 08/23/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Esteban Daza,  Diego Ortiz,  Luys Maymón,  Alonso de Mudarra  ... 
    Performer:  José Miguel Moreno
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    Canciones Españolas / Berganza, Yepes, Lavilla
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 435848 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Xavier Montsalvatge,  Joaquin Turina,  Federico Garcia Lorca,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Felix Lavilla,  Teresa Berganza,  Narciso Yepes
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  • 12.
    El Fuego / Les Sacqueboutiers
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 129 Release Date: 01/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mateo Flecha,  Juan Vasquez,  Francisco Correa de Arauxo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Sacqueboutiers
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    The Book of Madrigals / Amarcord
    Label: Raum Klang   Catalog: 101065 Release Date: 03/16/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Orlando de Lassus,  Cypriano de Rore,  Ludwig Senfl,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Metzler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amarcord
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    The Rose, The Lily & The Whortleberry / Orlando Consort
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907398 Release Date: 03/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Guillaume de Machaut,  Anonymous,  Trebor,  Walter Frye  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
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    Don Quijote De La Mancha / Savall, Figueras , Et Al
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9843 Release Date: 01/10/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Alonso de Mudarra,  Antonio de Ribera,  Anonymous,  Enríquez de Valderrábano  ... 
    Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King,  Arianna Savall,  Montserrat Figueras,  Xavier Díaz-Latorre  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI,  La Capella Reial de Catalunya
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    Entremeses Del Siglo De Oro / Figueras, Savall, Hespèrion Xx
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9831 Release Date: 12/09/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francisco Guerrero,  Juan Blas de Castro,  Sebastián Aguilera de Heredia,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Paolo Pandolfo,  Jordi Savall,  Montserrat Figueras,  Sergi Casademunt  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
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  • 17.
    Sevilla Circa 1560 - Secular Polyphony Of Andaluz
    Label: Passacaille   Catalog: 936 Release Date: 09/24/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Juan Vasquez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Trulla de Bozes
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    Label: Urtext   Catalog: 53 Release Date: 07/02/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Federico Garcia Lorca,  Anonymous,  Luis de Milan,  Juan Vasquez  ... 
    Performer:  Valentina Alvarez
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  • 19.
    Lanterns Of Fire - Love And The Mystic In Renaissance Spain
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2316 Release Date: 08/12/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francisco Guerrero,  Juan de Anchieta,  Juan Ponçe,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Grant Herreid,  Frank Wallace,  Jane Hershey,  Nancy Knowles
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Live Oak and Company
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  • 20.
    Music For Philip Of Spain / Charivari Agréable, Et Al
    Label: Signum Classics   Catalog: 6 Release Date: 02/15/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Diego Ortiz,  Enríquez de Valderrábano,  Luis Venegas de Henestrosa,  Hernando de Cabezón  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charivari Agréable
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  • 21.
    A Spanish Songbook / Jill Gomez, John Constable
    Label: Conifer   Catalog: 51243 Release Date: 08/30/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jesus Guridi,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Graciano Tarrago,  Roberto Gerhard  ... 
    Performer:  Jill Gomez,  John Constable
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  • 22.
    La Nef - Music For Joan The Mad
    Label: Dorian Discovery   Catalog: 80128 Release Date: 03/28/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francisco de la Torre,  Sylvain Bergeron,  Anonymous,  Juan Vasquez  ... 
    Performer:  Isabelle Marchand,  Nicolas Lemieux,  Jean-Pierre Noiseux,  Sylvain Bergeron  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Nef
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  • 23.
    El Cancionero Musical De Palacio / Ensemble Dancerye
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90028 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Juan del Encina,  Juan Vasquez,  Anonymous
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dancerye Ensemble
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  • 24.
    ¡aye De Mi! - Music For Vihuela & Voice / Frank Wallace
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2112 Release Date: 11/09/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Da Milano,  Juan Vasquez,  Mateo Flecha,  Diego Pisador  ... 
    Performer:  Frank Wallace,  John Wallace
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