Monday, October 26, 2009

Juan Navarro (1530-1580)

Juan Navarro, a spanish composer and singer, spent most of his music career as a cathedral singer. He was a tenor in the choir of the Duke of Arcos at Marchena at the age of 19. He won the title of maestro de capilla (musician in charge of the chapel) for the Salamanca Cathedral in 1566. Scandal surrounded Navarro when he violently struck Juan Sánchez, the cathedral's drunkard organist, and was dismissed immediately.
Navarro stood out in history amongst many composers of the Spanish Renaissance. His four-part polyphonic textures in vesper music were described as pleasing and sweet.

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