Juan Vázquez

Juan Vázquez



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A native of the Extremadura, Juan Vázquez (1510-1560) lent to secular polyphony an elegant and expressive simplicity that he drew from popular melodies. Taking the madrigals of Italy as his model, he transformed the old villancico into a "Castilian madrigal". Even some years before the publication in Seville in 1560 of his Recopilación de sonetos y villancicos a quatro y cinco (A collection of sonnets and villancicos for 4 and 5 voices) his music had assumed an important place in Bermudoss of counterpoint in music for violone), published in Rome in 1553, he tells of the art of glosa (ornamented variation) on a melodic figure in the cadence and includes the Recercadas found on this disc. In that work he also teaches us how to play the viola da gamba in "discantus", setting out a simple harmonic series on top of which the virtuosic ornamentation unfolds.