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Juan de Anchieta (Azpeitiamarker, Gipuzkoamarker, Spainmarker, 1462 – Azpeitiamarker, 1523) was a leading Spanishmarker Basque composer of the Renaissance, at the Royal Court Chaplaincy in Granadamarker of Queen Isabel I of Castile.


Born into a leading Basque family, his mother was a great-aunt of Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus. In 1489 he was appointed to the chapel of Queen Isabella and in 1495 became maestro di capilla to Prince Don Juan, returning to the Queen's service after the Prince's death in 1497, and in 1504 to that of the new Queen, Joanna the Mad. He held various church benefices, from 1518 as Abbot of Arbós, town located at the province of Tarragonamarker, as a chaplain at Granadamarker Cathedral, spending his final years in a Franciscan convent he had founded in Azpeitiamarker.

Sacred Music

Some thirty of Juan de Anchieta's compositions survive, among them two complete Masses, two Magnificats, a Salve Regina, four attributed Passion settings, with other sacred works and four compositions with Spanish texts. The two Masses and many motets which survived, show extensive use of plainsong and much chordal writing. He was among the leading Spanish composers of his generation, writing music for the ample resources of the court chapel of the Catholic Monarchs.


External links

  • Goldberg's Juan de Anchieta page
  • On noteworthy sculptor, Juan de Anchieta, born also at Azpeitia, some 60 years later. He worked in close association with notorious Navarrese artist Juan de Landa.
  • JUAN DE ANCHIETA: escultor del Renacimiento by García Gainza, María Concepción, Univ. Professor. ISBN: 9788493505448. Madrid: Fundación de Apoyo a la Historia del Arte Hispano, (2008). 30cm., hardcover, 245pp. text and oeuvre catalogue with numerous color plates.

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