lonso Xuárez (1640-1696) is considered one of the most outstanding Spanish composers in the last third of the XVII century. He studied under the guidance of eminent musicians at the most relevant institutions in the Spanish musical scenery at that time. He was appointed chapel master at the Cuenca and Seville cathedrals and he gained great prestige among his contemporaries. In addition, He excelled as a master having had such brilliant apprentices as the Duron brothers.
Most of his works are kept in Cuenca and Seville and others are scattered all over several cathedrals, even they can be found in places like Munich and Mexico.
D. Juan de Loaysa (1633-1709) famous librarian at the Biblioteca Colombina wrote biographies about lots of eminent figures who were somehow connected to the Seville Cathedral. He tells about Xuárez:
….for nine years he had been serving as master at this Santa Iglesia with great distinction and acclaim since he had great latin personality; and in this way, the Motets he composed for every Advent Sunday and Easter, The O vos omnes at the Good Friday, The Sequentia at the Corpus Day, Lauda Sion and The Masses and great Vespers and other Dead Motets plays, San Dionisio Misericordias Domini, and many others awarded him so credibility and talent that he was the only one and the best Maestro in Spain, and they are kept highly regarded.
In the XIX century, Hilarión Eslava published two works of his in the Lira Sacro-Hispana: Gran colección de obras de música religiosa, compuesta por los más acreditados maestros españoles tanto antiguos como modernos. (Great collection of religious works, composed by the most renowned Spanish masters both old and modern ones.) His name is found next to other outstanding and distinguished Spanish composers.
Despite everything, his music has almost fallen in oblivion and his so many works have remained in silence.
This page aims to get to know the figure of the Maestro and provide his work transcriptions to groups interested in performing compositions about that first Spanish Baroque which may have not been listened in the last three hundred years so far.