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Usandizaga [Soraluce], José Maria

Antonio Ruiz-Pipó

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b San Sebastián, March 31, 1887; d San Sebastián, Oct 5, 1915). Basque composer. He began studies at an early age in San Sebastián with German Cendoya (piano) and Beltran Pagola (harmony). Later he played the piano at a private audition for Planté, who recommended him to d'Indy, and accordingly he went to the Schola Cantorum in Paris at the age of 14 to study with Grovlez (piano), Tricon (counterpoint) and Séré. His family wanted him to concentrate on the piano, but an arterial disease in the hand obliged him to give his attention instead to composition. He returned to San Sebastián in 1906, and shortly thereafter his first works based on Basque folk music – Irurak bat for orchestra, Bidasoa for band and Euskal festara for band – were performed. Usandizaga now became a prolific composer in all genres, but it was in the theatre that he had his greatest popular successes. The triumphal reception accorded his first work for the stage, ...

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Subjects: Contemporary Music

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