Juan Vasquez

Biography

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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    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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    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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    Le Jazz Et La Pavane
    Label: Flora   Catalog: 2812 Release Date: 03/05/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Diego Ortiz,  Juan Vasquez,  Michelangelo Rossi  ... 
    Performer:  Pierre Emmanuel Roubet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Sacqueboutiers
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    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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    Canciones Y Ensaladas / Visse, Ensemble Clement Janequin
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 1951627 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alonso de Mudarra,  Juan Vasquez,  Mateo Flecha,  Enríquez de Valderrábano  ... 
    Performer:  Eric Bellocq,  Vincent Bouchot,  François Fauche,  Renaud Delaigues  ... 
    Conductor:  Dominique Visse
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
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    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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    El Fuego / Les Sacqueboutiers
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 129 Release Date: 01/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mateo Flecha,  Francisco Correa de Arauxo,  Juan Vasquez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Sacqueboutiers
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    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
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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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    Brava Berganza! - Falla, Bizet, Rossini, Etc
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000426602 Release Date: 04/12/2005   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Francisco de la Torre,  Jesus Guridi,  Gioachino Rossini,  Joaquin Turina  ... 
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Narciso Yepes,  Felix Lavilla Munarriz,  Paolo Montarsolo  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Karl Böhm,  Miguel Roa  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Scottish Opera Chorus,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    The Complete Recorder Works Of Rubbra And Britten
    Label: Dutton Laboratories/Vocalion   Catalog: 7142 Release Date: 02/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Josquin Des Préz,  Edmund Rubbra,  Juan Vasquez,  Benjamin Britten  ... 
    Performer:  Catherine Fleming,  Laurence Cummings,  Ian Wilson,  Susanna Pell  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flautadors,  Dante Quartet
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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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    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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    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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    Music For Philip Of Spain / Charivari Agréable, Et Al
    Label: Signum U.k.   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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    Canciones, Romances, Sonetos / La Colombina
    Label: Accent   Catalog: 95111 Release Date: 01/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francisco Guerrero,  Juan Vasquez,  Mateo Romero,  Juan del Encina
    Performer:  Maria Cristina Kiehr,  Claudio Cavina,  Josep Benet,  Josep Cabré
    Conductor:  Josep Benet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Colombina
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    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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    All The King's Men / I Fagiolini, Concordia
    Label: Metronome   Catalog: 1012 Release Date: 05/21/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  King VIII Henry,  Giorgio Mainerio,  Jean Lhéritier,  Ninot le Petit  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Fagiolini,  Concordia
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    A Song Of David / La Rondinella
    Label: Dorian Discovery   Catalog: 80130 Release Date: 05/23/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Flory Jagoda,  Alonso de Mudarra,  Anonymous,  Alfredo Rolando Ortiz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rondinella
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    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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    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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    ¡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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