Alonso de Mudarra

Biography

Born: circa 1510   Died: April 1, 1580; Seville, Spain  
Alonso de Mudarra was a sixteenth century Spanish composer and vihuelist known for his songs and his numerous innovations in the field of instrumental music. He lived in relative luxury throughout his life. His upbringing and education were in the ducal household in Guadalajara. Duke Iñigo López de Mendoza (1493-1566), a highly cultured man and fine lutenist, may have been a mentor to the young de Mudarra, influencing him toward Read more study of the vihuela. de Mudarra was eventually considered one of the best vihuelaplayers in Seville. With de Mendoza, he's believed to have traveled to Italy in 1529 in the retinue of Charles V. Soon after his return, he was ordained a priest, and then took a canonry at the Seville Cathedral on the October 18, 1546. Aside from creating his considerable output of music, for the rest of his life de Mudarra played an important role in the affairs of the cathedral. He did such things as deal with the composers commissioned to produce music for feast-days, hired performers, and negotiated the purchase and installation of a new organ. Later he was in charge of all the cathedral's monetary disbursements. As a sign of the kind of man de Mudarra might have been, despite his social privilege his will stated that upon his death (which came in 1580) all of his possessions were to be sold and the money given to the poor. de Mudarra's major publication was Tres libros de musica en cifras para vihuela (Three Books of Music in Tablature for Vihuela, 1546). The range of genres and styles suggest that it's a comprehensive sample of what he'd composed up to that point in his life. It contains 77 works and introduces numerous innovations. There are intabulations of motets and mass sections by Flemish composers, the earliest known pieces for modern guitar, a piece for harp or organ notated in a 14-line tablature system of de Mudarra's invention, and suites of pieces grouped by mode. His preferred instrumental genre was the fantasia, of which Tres libros contains 27 true examples, while many of the other works draw on fantasia techniques. But above all it's for his exquisite songs for vihuela and voice that de Mudarra is remembered. Subtle and economical of means, they're rightly considered the finest Spanish songs of his century. Read less
The Sea Between the Lands / Fodera
Release Date: 01/03/2020   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 95862   Number of Discs: 1
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ˇaye De Mi! - Music For Vihuela & Voice / Frank Wallace
Release Date: 11/09/1993   Label: Centaur Records  
Catalog: 2112   Number of Discs: 1
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Musica Italiana Y Espanola Para Vihuela De Mano
Release Date: 07/08/2014   Label: Centaur Records  
Catalog: 3312   Number of Discs: 1
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Voces de Sefarad / Basso, Mesirca
Release Date: 03/25/2016   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 95222   Number of Discs: 1
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    The Sea Between the Lands / Fodera
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95862 Release Date: 01/03/2020   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joan Ambrosio Dalza,  Alonso de Mudarra,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Mauro Giuliani  ... 
    Performer:  Salvatore Foderŕ
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    The Spanish Guitar / Moreno
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 920114 Release Date: 11/15/2019   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Luis Venegas de Henestros,  Miguel de Fuenllana,  Diego Pisador,  Antonio De Cabezón  ... 
    Performer:  José Miguel Moreno,  Eligio Quinteiro,  Nuria Rial,  Fahmi Alqhai  ... 
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    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orphénica Lyra,  Ensemble La Romanesca
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    Antologia de la guitarra clasica, Vol. 1: Renacimiento / Maruri [Blu-ray]
    Label: Emec (Editorial De Musica Espanola)   Catalog: EMEC132 Release Date: 07/05/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luis de Milan,  Luis de Narváez,  Alonso de Mudarra,  Gaspar Sanz  ... 
    Performer:  Agustín Maruri
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    The Alexandre Lagoya Edition: Complete Phliips & RCA Records
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4840567 Release Date: 06/14/2019   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Alonso de Mudarra,  Gaspar Sanz,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Alexandre Lagoya,  Ida Presti
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    Espana Eterna: Five Centuries of Music from Spain / Savall
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 567108 Release Date: 03/02/2018   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Gaucelm Faidit,  Raimon de Miraval,  Arnaut de Maruelh,  Giraut de Bornelh  ... 
    Performer:  Jordi Savall,  Hopkinson Smith,  Ton Koopman,  Sergi Casademunt  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespčrion XX
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    A Guitar for Segovia / Somoza
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 2195487 Release Date: 07/14/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alonso de Mudarra,  Santiago de Murcia,  Maurice Ohana,  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco  ... 
    Performer:  Javier Somoza
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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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    Complete Solo Recordings / Yepes
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4797316 Release Date: 06/09/2017   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Alonso de Mudarra,  Luis de Milan,  Luis de Narváez,  Diego Pisador  ... 
    Performer:  Narciso Yepes
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    Reves d'Espagne / Neven, Eijsackers
    Label: Onyx   Catalog: 4132 Release Date: 05/06/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Ibert,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Isaac Albeniz,  Alonso de Mudarra  ... 
    Performer:  Henk Neven,  Hans Eijsackers
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    Voces de Sefarad / Basso, Mesirca
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95222 Release Date: 03/25/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alonso de Mudarra,  José Marin,  Traditional,  Juan Hidalgo  ... 
    Performer:  Romina Basso,  Alberto Mesirca,  Vittoria Giacobazzi
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    Ghosts & Shadows: Music Of Spain
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002362 Release Date: 06/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alonso de Mudarra,  Francisco Tarrega,  Manuel de Falla,  Federico Moreno-Torroba  ... 
    Performer:  Artyom Dervoed
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    Pasacalle
    Label: Proprius Music   Catalog: 2071 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alonso de Mudarra,  Traditional,  Luis de Narváez,  Santiago de Murcia  ... 
    Performer:  Timo Korhonen,  Monica [Mezzo-soprano Vocals] Groop
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    Intimate Viheula
    Label: Contrastes   Catalog: 2201405 Release Date: 03/31/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Enríquez de Valderrábano,  Josquin Des Préz,  Miguel de Fuenllana,  Luis de Narváez  ... 
    Performer:  John Griffiths
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    New Renaissance
    Label: Burnside   Catalog: 315 Release Date: 03/17/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Canciero de Mo Anonymous,  Luis de Narváez,  Anonymous,  Enríquez de Valderrábano  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
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    Musica Italiana Y Espanola Para Vihuela De Mano
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3312 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Spinacino,  Alonso de Mudarra,  Luis de Milan,  Luis de Narváez  ... 
    Performer:  Massimo Marchese
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    Spanish Music For Vihuela From The Time Of Charles V / Yasunori Imamura
    Label: Querstand   Catalog: 1318 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luis de Milan,  Luis de Narváez,  Alonso de Mudarra,  Diego Ortiz  ... 
    Performer:  Yasunori Imamura
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    The Essential Julian Bream [2013]
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 374696 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Luigi Boccherini,  Mauro Giuliani  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Bream,  George Malcolm,  John Williams
    Conductor:  John E. Gardiner,  André Previn,  Leo Brouwer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Julian Bream Consort
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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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    Pour un Plaisir - Songs and Tientos by Cabezon and His Contemporaries
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94351 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacobus Clemens non Papa,  Antonio De Cabezón,  Alonso de Mudarra,  Cypriano de Rore  ... 
    Performer:  Véronique Musson-Gonneaud
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    Label: Db Productions   Catalog: 146 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luis de Narváez,  Alonso de Mudarra,  Gaspar Sanz,  Francisco Tarrega  ... 
    Performer:  Marten Falk
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    La Voix de l'Emotion / Montserrat Figueras
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9889 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Unknown,  Traditional,  Luis de Milan,  Francisco Guerrero  ... 
    Performer:  Montserrat Figueras
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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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    La Guitarra Espanola / Moreno
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 920111 Release Date: 05/24/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Luis de Narváez,  E López,  Luis de Milan,  Alonso de Mudarra  ... 
    Performer:  José Miguel Moreno
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    Confluence / Peter Thomas
    Label: North Pacific Music   Catalog: 1994 Release Date: 04/05/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Thomas,  Alonso de Mudarra,  Enríquez de Valderrábano,  Luis de Narváez  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Thomas,  Peter Thomas
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    A Golden Treasury Of Renaissance Music
    Label: Saydisc   Catalog: 65 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  King VIII Henry,  Christopher Tye,  William Cornysh,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Paula Chateauneuf,  Suzie LeBlanc,  Deborah Roberts,  Richard [Bass Vocals] Wistreich  ... 
    Conductor:  James Wood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua of London,  Fretwork,  The York Waits  ... 
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