Juan Esquivel: A Master of Sacred Music during the Spanish Golden Age

November 2010
7 black and white illustrations
286 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Music
ISBN: 9781843835875
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Boydell Press

Juan Esquivel: A Master of Sacred Music during the Spanish Golden Age

Clive Walkley

First study of Juan Esquivel, a highly significant figure in Spanish musical life in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.
Juan Esquivel was a cathedral choirmaster and composer, active in Spain during the period c.1580-c .1623 in which all aspects of the arts flourished, and one of the few peninsular composers of his generation to see his works published. He is known to have produced three large volumes of sacred polyphony - masses, motets, hymns, psalms, magnificats, and Marian antiphons - under the titles Liber primus missarum, Motecta festorum([both published 1608) and Tomus secondus, psalmorum, hymnorum... et missarum (published 1613); they reveal him to be a highly skilled craftsman.
This first full-length study of his life and works presents a critical assessment of the man and his music, setting him within the social and religious context of the so-called Counter-Reformation. Beginning by outlining the facts of his life, the book goes on to offer an analysis and assessment of his output.

Clive Walkley was until his retirement a lecturer in music and music education at Lancaster University.

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Table of Contents

Cathedral Music in Spain in the time of the Counter-Reformation
Biographical details
Source materials
The masses of 1608
The motets of 1608
The Tomus secundus of 1613
Appendix: Modern editions of music by Esquivel


Walkley's book is a valuable amplification of the meagre biographical scholarship available [...], and is well documented and engagingly written. EARLY MUSIC

[T]his is a book designed to promote interest in and widen knowledge of Spanish renaissance music in general and Juan Esquivel Barahona in particular. [...] a useful addition to the reference shelves. THE CONSORT

[Der Autor hat] einer der wichtigsten Mittlerfiguren der spanischen, traditionsschweren Spätrenaissance endlich den gebührenden Platz im Kreise seiner Kollegen eingeräumt [...]. DIE TONKUNST

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