Joan Pujol
1570 - 1626
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J.P. Pujol
Joan Pau [Juan (Pablo)] Pujol (26/07/1570 - 17/05/1626), a Spanish composer; born and died in Barcelona. It is known that he was the chapel master of Tarragona's Cathedral and, in 1595 he held the same position at the Pilar of Zaragoza, where he remained until 1612, when he moved to his native city as chapel master of its Cathedral, working there until his death in 1626. The great importance of this Catalan composer is based on the great prestige that he had in his life and the big influence that he had on Spanish composers who followed him, as was demonstrated in the many references to him in treatises and theoretical books of his time.Among his important conserved works we find masses, a requiem for four voices, motets, vespers, magnificat, antiphones, responsories, lamentations, villancicos, and in the secular music the "tonos humanos," some of them included in the Songbook of de Sablonara, conserved in Munich (Germany).
Period:Late Renaissance
Composed in:1625c
Musical form:mass
Text/libretto:Latin mass
This Requiem is for four voices, written before 1626.
Author:Steven Chang-Lin Yu
Early in the 17th century the Renaissance polyphonic style, in various modified forms, served for several decades as a principal medium for requiem composition. A fine example, in Palestrinian style, is G.F. Anerio's setting (published in 1614, and reprinted three times up to 1677), the introit of which reveals an elegant use of chant paraphrase. Similar in approach, but with more archaic cantus firmus treatment, are the expressive settings of two of Victoria's successors, Duarte Lobo (Officium defunctorum, 1603) and J.P. Pujol (requiem for four voices, before 1626). An important innovation, evident in a number of works, is the inclusion of an organ continuo part (with figured or unfigured bass), which allowed greater variations in texture and dynamics. Early examples include Aichinger's requiem (1615; D-As) and settings, from 1619, by Antonio Brunelli and Jean de Bournonville.
Author:Steven Chang-Lin Yu