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Cristóbal Galán
1630 - 1684
C. Galán
Cristóbal Galán (1630 - 24/09/1684), a Spanish composer, from the Kingdom of Aragón, died in Madrid, Spain. Cristóbal Galán was born in Madrid (Spain) around 1630; nothing is known about his musical education or the early stages of his career. Between 1653 and 1664 he acted as maestro de capilla in various churches. From 1664 to 1667 he was director of the choir at Segovia Cathedral, and then he was appointed director of music at the convent of the Descalzas Reales. The queen regent wanted him to become director of music at the royal chapel, but this met strong resistance. It was only in 1680 that he obtained this position. It didn't bring him much luck, as he felt that he wasn't appreciated enough. Payments were also often delayed, mainly because of the bad economic state of Spain in the last decades of the 17th century. Not only Galán, but all musicians suffered from this situation.
Dies irae
Musical form:motet
Text/libretto:Thomas de Celano (1190 - c.1255)
Label(s):Lauda Musica LAU006
Dies irae, a requiem motet.

♫ Dies irae
© Lauda Musica LAU006
Source:booklet of cd Lauda Musica LAU006
Misa de difuntos
Composed in:1681c
Musical form:mass
Spanish for: Mass for the dead. The requiem has been found in a Spanish archive (Valladolid Cathedral ms. 7/22).

This requiem is mentioned in the catalogue of:
Institute of Mediaeval Music
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Henryville, Pennsylvania, USA