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Pablo Bruna

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Born: June 22, 1611; Daroca, Spain   Died: June 27, 1679; Daroca, Spain  
Pablo Bruna is generally regarded as the leading Spanish keyboard composer of his time. Of his 33 surviving works all but one are for organ and 20 of those are so-called tientos, a style of piece popular in late seventeenth century Spain, a sort of Iberian counterpart to the ricercare or fantasia that was generally written for the organ. Baptized on June 22, 1611, Bruna had a luckless childhood, contracting smallpox at the age of five and Read more suffering permanent blindness as a consequence. It is not so much that little is known about Bruna's life; rather, because of his blindness his existence was largely uneventful, apart from his organ playing, teaching, and compositional activities.

He exhibited musical talent in his childhood in spite of his handicap and by his teens had become an accomplished organist. In 1631 he was appointed organist at Santa Maria la Mayor Church, in Daroca (Aragon). He remained in this post until 1674 when he was elevated to maestro di capella at the church. Throughout most of his life Bruna was also a teacher, numbering among his students composer and organist Pablo Nassarre, and two nephews who would become successful musicians in their own right: Diego Xaraba y Bruna and Francisco Xaraba y Bruna.

Among Pablo Bruna's more popular works are Tiento de primer tono de mano derecha y en medio a dos tiples, Tiento de primero tono, and Tiento de 1 tono de mano derecha. His style often incorporated much counterpart and generally exuded an energetic passion and intensity typically associated with the Spanish musical persona. Bruna also made seven settings of the Pange Lingua. He died on June 27, 1679. Read less
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  • 1.
    Folias: Spanish Music For Harpsichord From The 17th Century
    Label: Passacaille   Catalog: 992 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Juan Bautista José Cabanilles,  Jusepe Ximénez,  Francisco Correa de Arauxo,  Pablo Bruna
    Performer:  Lydia Maria Blank
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  • 2.
    Musica Hispanica i Italiana Dels Segles XVI, XVII i XVIII
    Label: La Ma De Guido   Catalog: 2121 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio De Cabezón,  Francisco Correa de Arauxo,  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Bernardo Pasquini  ... 
    Performer:  Josep Bonet,  Pablo Taboada Jimenez
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  • 3.
    Revived In Tango
    Label: Pro Musica   Catalog: 9066 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Guy Bovet,  Johann Kaspar Kerll,  Pablo Bruna,  Nicholas de Grigny  ... 
    Performer:  Ines Maidre-Aarvik
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  • 4.
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 5173 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Juan Bautista José Cabanilles,  Francisco Correa de Arauxo,  Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck,  Domenico Scarlatti  ... 
    Performer:  Nicolo Sari,  Jorge Garcia Martin
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    Recital In York Springs
    Label: Loft Recordings   Catalog: 1123 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Adam Reincken,  Melchior Schildt,  Nicolaus Bruhns,  Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck  ... 
    Performer:  Riyehee Hong
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  • 6.
    Armonie Dello Spirito - Canti Gregoriani / Palombella, Cappella Musicale Pontificia
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2072578 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Giovanni Palestrina,  Pablo Bruna,  Tomás Luis de Victoria  ... 
    Performer:  Juan Paradell Sole
    Conductor:  Massimo Palombella
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Musicale Pontificia
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  • 7.
    The Organs Of The Canary Islands
    Label: Priory Records   Catalog: 1032 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Soror da Piedade,  Narcís Casanoves,  Antonio Mestres,  Pablo Bruna  ... 
    Performer:  Tomas Flegr,  Michal Novenko,  Martin Bocker
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  • 8.
    Historical Organs Of The Philippines
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 1360 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Antonio Valente,  Sebastián Aguilera de Heredia,  Anonymous,  José de Torres  ... 
    Performer:  Guy Bovet
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  • 9.
    Historical Organs Of The Philippines: Bohol
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 1361 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Valente,  Sebastián Aguilera de Heredia,  Anonymous,  José de Torres  ... 
    Performer:  Guy Bovet
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    Historical Organs Of The Philippines: Las Pinas
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 1364 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Guy Bovet,  Juan Bautista José Cabanilles,  José de Nebra,  Pablo Bruna  ... 
    Performer:  Guy Bovet
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  • 11.
    Hispaniae Ars Organi / Lajos Rovatkay
    Label: Querstand   Catalog: 905 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio De Cabezón,  Francisco de Peraza,  Sebastián Aguilera de Heredia,  José Ximénez  ... 
    Performer:  Lajos Rovátkay
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    Organs Of The Balearic Islands 2
    Label: Priory Records   Catalog: 1014 Release Date: 01/10/2012  
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Alonso de Mudarra,  Juan de Sessé y Balaguer,  Joan Cabanilles  ... 
    Performer:  Michal Novenko,  Arnau Reynes
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  • 13.
    Valls: Tonos Divino Españoles / Goncalves, A Corte Musical
    Label: Pan Classics   Catalog: 10244 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesc Valls,  Pablo Bruna,  Juan Bautista José Cabanilles,  Anonymous
    Performer:  Rogério Gonçalves
    Conductor:  Rogério Gonçalves
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  A Corte Musical
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  • 14.
    17th Century Violin Music In Spain
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 80304 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Andrés de Sola,  Andrés Lorente,  Henry Butler  ... 
    Conductor:  Emilio Moreno
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Real Cámara
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  • 15.
    Garrels-orgel Marekerk Leiden
    Label: D.e. Versluis   Catalog: 18 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nicolaus Bruhns,  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Johann Adam Reincken,  Pablo Bruna  ... 
    Performer:  Henk Gijzen
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  • 16.
    Batalha: Iberian Organ Music / Ton Koopman
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72320 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Correa Braga,  Pablo Bruna,  Antonio Carreira,  Joan Cabanilles  ... 
    Performer:  Ton Koopman
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  • 17.
    Label: Db Productions   Catalog: 124 Release Date: 05/21/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Diego da Conçeiçao,  Francisco Correa de Arauxo,  Pablo Bruna,  Juan Bautista José Cabanilles  ... 
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  • 18.
    Historic Organs Of Mallorca - Cabanilles, Cabezon, Et Al / Michal Novenko
    Label: Priory Records   Catalog: 865 Release Date: 02/19/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Juan Bautista José Cabanilles,  Antonio De Cabezón,  Antonio Martin i Coll,  Lucas Puxol  ... 
    Performer:  Arnau Reynés i Florit,  Michal Novenko
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  • 19.
    Puer Nobis Nascitur - Christmas Carols
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72234 Release Date: 09/04/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis-Claude Daquin,  John Bull,  Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck,  Jean-François Dandrieu  ... 
    Performer:  Ton Koopman
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  • 20.
    Paradisi Portas / Queen's College Choir
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 7296 Release Date: 07/18/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Duarte Lôbo,  Cardoso, Manuel, Frei,  Anonymous,  Manuel Leitao de Aviles  ... 
    Performer:  Tom Wilkinson
    Conductor:  Owen Rees
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Queen's College Choir
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  • 21.
    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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  • 22.
    Orgues Du Mexique Vol I - Orgues De La Cathédral De Mexico
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 439 Release Date: 12/12/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Correa Braga,  Pablo Bruna,  José Ximénez,  Sebastián Aguilera de Heredia  ... 
    Performer:  Guy Bovet
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  • 23.
    Early Iberian Organ Music / Robert Parkins
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550705 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sebastián Aguilera de Heredia,  Anonymous,  Joan Cabanilles,  Pablo Bruna  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Parkins
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