Juan Gutierrez de Padilla

Biography

Born: November 12, 1605; Malaga, Spain   Died: December 16, 1673; Puebla, Mexico  
Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla was easily among the most important Mexican composers of the post-Renaissance era. He wrote much in the realm of sacred music including masses, motets, and hymns, all having Latin texts. He also composed a number of villancicos, whose vernacular texts dealt with religious subjects, such as Christmas, the Immaculate Conception, and other Roman Catholic feast days.

Born in Malaga in about 1590, Padilla received
Read more extensive musical training at the Malaga Cathedral under Francisco Vásquez, the maestro di capilla there. In 1612 Padilla was appointed maestro di capilla at the Jerez Cathedral, where he served for over three years. By the end of his tenure there, or perhaps even earlier, Padilla was ordained a priest, as attested to in documents relating to his next appointment, in 1617, as maestro di capilla at the Cádiz Cathedral.

Padilla left Spain in 1622 for Mexico, probably in an arrangement made by the Church and Spanish monarchy. Upon arrival in Puebla that autumn, he assumed the post of assistant maestro and cantor at the local Cathedral, working under Gaspar Fernandes, whom he would succeed as maestro di capilla seven years later. Although Padilla had apparently written music in Spain, it is his output from Mexico that has survived.

As the maestro at the Puebla Cathedral, Padilla was required to supply sacred music for services there. Many of his most important compositions appeared in the Puebla Choirbook No. 15, which contains masses, hymns, and numerous other sacred works, many of them scored for two choirs.

By 1641 Padilla was also involved in the selling of musical instruments and, in addition, may have served as a teacher at the Colegio de San Pedro and Colegio de San Juan. Although Padilla was generally well paid in his maestro post at the Cathedral, his salary was reduced in 1651, apparently for economic reasons. Eight years later it was restored to earlier levels, but by then the composer had delegated certain of his duties to another musician, Juan García de Zéspedes.

Though Padilla resumed performance of previous duties by the summer of 1660, his health soon began to decline. In the autumn of 1663 sweeping efforts by Cathedral authorities were made to collect and preserve his works. Padilla died in 1664, probably in early spring, as news of his death came on April 22 of that year. Read less
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    Chanticleer - How Sweet the Sound
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 641038 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Giovanni Palestrina,  Ignacio Jerusalem,  Manuel de Zumaya,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Kevin Baum,  Frank Albinder,  Christopher Fritzsche,  Douglas [Tenor Vocals] Wright  ... 
    Conductor:  Joseph Jennings,  Ettore Stratta,  Frank Albinder,  Skip Sempé
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    ¡tambalagumba!: Early World Music In Latin America
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777811 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Andrés Flores,  Traditional,  Juan Garcia de Zespedes  ... 
    Performer:  Annasara Jaensson,  Joakim Schuster,  Yamandu Pontvik,  Karl Nyhlin  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Pontvik
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    The Best Of The King's Singers
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 297 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Cyrillus Kreek,  William Byrd,  Carlo Gesualdo,  Arvo Pärt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
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    Los Ministriles In The New World
    Label: Navona   Catalog: 5875 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaspar Fernandes,  Santiago de Murcia,  Antonio De Cabezón,  Diego Ortiz  ... 
    Performer:  Annette Bauer
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    Hanacpachap: Latin-american Music At The Time Of The Conquistadores
    Label: Pan Classics   Catalog: 10230 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Diego José de Salazar,  Anonymous,  Diego Fernandez,  Juan de Araujo  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Cristina [Soprano Vocal] Kiehr,  Roberto Balconi,  Adriana Fernández,  Josep Cabré  ... 
    Conductor:  Gabriel Garrido
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elyma Ensemble
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    Baroque Music From Latin America - New World Symphonies
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 30030 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Juan Gutierrez de Padilla,  Gaspar Fernandes,  Juan de Araujo  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Skidmore
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Cathedra Baroque Orchestra,  Ex Cathedra Chamber Choir
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    Victoria: Lamentations Of Jeremiah / Phillips, Tallis Scholars
    Label: Gimell   Catalog: 43 Release Date: 03/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Juan Gutierrez de Padilla,  Tomás Luis de Victoria
    Conductor:  Peter Phillips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
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    Sounds Sublime - The Essential Collection / Christophers, The Sixteen
    Label: Coro   Catalog: 16073 Release Date: 09/08/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Tomás Luis de Victoria,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Domenico Scarlatti  ... 
    Performer:  Libby Crabtree,  Christopher Glynn,  Gary Cooper,  Lynda Russell  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Celebremos El Nino / The Rose Ensemble
    Label: Rose Ensemble   Catalog: 6 Release Date: 12/24/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Juan Gutierrez de Padilla,  Fabian Ximeno,  Antonio de Salazar,  Francisco Guerrero  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rose Ensemble
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    Streams Of Tears - Padilla / Harry Christophers, The Sixteen
    Label: Coro   Catalog: 16059 Release Date: 05/13/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Juan Gutierrez de Padilla
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
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    The Golden Age - Siglo De Oro / The King's Singers
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 119 Release Date: 02/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alonso Lobo,  Diogo Dias Melgás,  Juan Gutierrez de Padilla,  Sebastian de Vivanco  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
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    Métamorphoses Fidei / Savall, Figueras, Hespèrion XXI
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9849 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Joan Cabanilles,  Juan Gutierrez de Padilla,  Mateo Flecha  ... 
    Performer:  Montserrat Figueras
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Capella Reial de Catalunya,  Hespèrion XXI
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    Padilla: Sun Of Justice / Rutenberg, Et Al
    Label: Rcm   Catalog: 12006 Release Date: 05/09/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Juan Gutierrez de Padilla
    Conductor:  Peter Rutenberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Chamber Singers' Cappella
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    Missa Mexicana / Lawrence-King, Harp Consort
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2907293 Release Date: 04/11/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francisco Escalada,  Juan Gutierrez de Padilla,  Santiago de Murcia,  Francisco de Vidales  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Lawrence-King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harp Consort
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    Baroque Music From Latin America 2 - Moon, Sun & All Things
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67524 Release Date: 10/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Juan Gutierrez de Padilla,  Juan de Araujo,  Diego J. De Salazar  ... 
    Performer:  Grace Davidson,  William Towers,  Natalie Clifton-Griffith,  Christopher Watson  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Skidmore
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Cathedra Chamber Choir,  Ex Cathedra Baroque Orchestra,  QuintEssential Sackbut and Cornet Ensemble
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    Nueva Espana: Close Encounters In The New World, 1590-1690 / Cohen, Boston Camerata
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4624082 Release Date: 10/10/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alonso Lobo,  Juan Pérez Bocanegra,  Pedro Bermudez,  Lucas Ruiz de Ribayaz  ... 
    Performer:  Derek Lee Ragin,  Cheryl Ann Fulton,  Daniel [Bass-Baritone Vocal] McCabe,  Richard Duguay  ... 
    Conductor:  Frederick Jodry,  Joel Cohen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Shawm and Sackbut Ensemble,  Boston Camerata
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    Spain & The New World / Hilliard Ensemble
    Label: Virgin Classics (Usa)   Catalog: 942413 Release Date: 03/01/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hernando Franco,  Pedro de Escobar,  Juan Gutierrez de Padilla,  Francisco Guerrero  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
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    Villancicos y Danzas Criollas / Savall, Hesperion XXI, et al
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9834 Release Date: 03/09/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Juan Gutierrez de Padilla,  Joan Cererols,  Juan Garcia de Zéspedes  ... 
    Performer:  Arianna Savall,  Pedro Estevan,  Marc Clos
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI,  La Capella Reial de Catalunya
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    Baroque Music From Latin America 1- New World Symphonies
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67380 Release Date: 06/10/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Juan Gutierrez de Padilla,  Anonymous,  Juan Garcia de Zéspedes,  Domenico Zipoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Skidmore
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Cathedra Baroque Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Our American Journey / Chanticleer
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 48556 Release Date: 11/12/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Juan Gutierrez de Padilla,  Mary Stanley Bunce Dana,  William Hawley,  Traditional  ... 
    Conductor:  Joseph Jennings
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
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  • 21.
    Old And New World Christmas / Berger, Convivium Musicum
    Label: Musica Rediviva   Catalog: 007 Release Date: 01/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Anonymous,  Antonio de Salazar,  Juan Gutierrez de Padilla  ... 
    Conductor:  Sven Berger,  Andreas Edlund
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Convivium Musicum
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  • 22.
    Mexico Barroco - Puebla Vol 2 - De Padilla: Missa / Echenique
    Label: Urtext   Catalog: 2005 Release Date: 01/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Juan Gutierrez de Padilla
    Conductor:  Benjamín J. Echenique
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Angelicum de Puebla,  Schola Cantorum of Mexico,  UNAM Children's Chorus
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  • 23.
    Music Of The Mexican Baroque - Padilla / Rutenberg
    Label: Rcm   Catalog: 19901 Release Date: 06/15/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Juan Gutierrez de Padilla
    Conductor:  Peter Rutenberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Chamber Singers' Cappella
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    In Natali Domini - Christmas In Spain And The Americas
    Label: Accent   Catalog: 96114 Release Date: 01/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francisco Guerrero,  Bartolomé Cárceres,  Tomás Luis de Victoria,  Estêvao de Brito  ... 
    Performer:  Josep Benet,  Maria Cristina Kiehr,  Claudio Cavina,  Josep Cabré
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Colombina
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