(b Sangüesa, nr Pamplona, bapt. 24 March 1699; d Málaga, 2 Sept. 1767). Spanish composer and organist. Trained as a choirboy at the Colegio de Cantorcicos in Madrid, he became organist at Salamanca Cathedral (1717–33) and maestro de capilla at Málaga Cathedral (1733–66). His style is characterized by occasional use of polychoral writing, figured continuo parts (uncommon in Spanish music of the time), and idiomatic writing for the violin and oboe, then rarely heard in churches. His output exceeds 800 works including more than 500 villancicos—the largest corpus in 18th-century Spain, providing a conspectus of the evolution of the genre. Francés de Iribarren's music survives mainly at Málaga Cathedral, with some works in other Iberian and Latin American archives.
From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.