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José María Usandizaga

José María Usandizaga (1887–1915) was a Spanish Basque composer.

A native of San Sebastián, Usandizaga began his musical studies in his hometown before moving to the Schola Cantorum in Paris. There, he was a composition pupil of Vincent d'Indy, and he took piano lessons from Gabriel Grovlez. From 1906 he was back in Spain, where he won success with his works for the stage and a number of other pieces. Usandizaga succumbed to tuberculosis in 1915.

Most of Usandizaga's music is based on Basque themes; among his works are several chamber pieces, some rhapsodies, and the operas Mendi Mendiyan ("High in the Mountains", a Basque language folk opera) and Las golondrinas ("The Swallows", initially a zarzuela which was arranged as an opera after the composer's death by his brother). A third opera, the lyric drama La llama ("The Flame"), was left incomplete after his death; this, too was completed by his brother.

Birth and Death Data: Born March 31st, 1887 (Donostia-San Sebastian), Died October 5th, 1915 (Donostia-San Sebastian)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1914 - 1931

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, conductor

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-67429 10-in. 1/30/1931 Caminar, caminar Juan Pulido Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-67430 10-in. 1/30/1931 Se reia Juan Pulido Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-Test-698 10-in. 3/3/1930 Mendi-mendiyan Juan R. Pison Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 38048 12-in. approximately March 1917 Caminar, caminar Vicente Ballester Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 48348 10-in. approximately 1917 Se reia Vicente Ballester Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick E31966 10-in. 1/23/1930 Se reia Rodolfo Hoyos Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Gramophone 02899½v 12-in. 2/28/1914 Serenata de Pierrot Emilio Sagi-Barba Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Gramophone 02900v 12-in. 2/28/1914 Caminar, caminar Emilio Sagi-Barba Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Gramophone 02901½v 12-in. 2/28/1914 Pantomino - Act 2 Orquesta del Gramofono de Madrid Orchestra conductor, composer  
Gramophone 02902½v 12-in. 3/1/1914 Las golondrinas : Prelude to Act 3 Orquesta del Gramofono de Madrid Orchestra conductor, composer  
Gramophone 02907½v 12-in. 3/14/1914 Oh Puck, por il mi corazón Emilio Sagi-Barba ; Luisa Vela Vocal duet (soprano and baritone), with orchestra composer  
Gramophone 02908v 12-in. 3/16/1914 Las golondrinas : Final del acto I Emilio Sagi-Barba ; Luisa Vela Vocal duet (soprano and baritone), with orchestra composer  
Gramophone 18715u 10-in. 2/28/1914 Se reía Emilio Sagi-Barba Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Gramophone 18716u 10-in. 2/28/1914 Juanito, Juanito Compañía Sagi-Barba Mixed vocal quartet, with chorus and orchestra composer  
Gramophone 18746u 10-in. 3/14/1914 Canción del Acto I Luisa Vela Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer, conductor  
Gramophone 18747u 10-in. 3/14/1914 Risa infernal Emilio Sagi-Barba ; Luisa Vela Vocal duet (soprano and baritone), with orchestra composer, conductor  
Gramophone 18748u 10-in. 3/14/1914 Canción la primavera Luisa Vela Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer, conductor  
Gramophone 18749u 10-in. 3/16/1914 Duo final, Acto III Emilio Sagi-Barba ; Luisa Vela Vocal duet (soprano and baritone), with orchestra composer, conductor  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Usandizaga, José María," accessed June 14, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103476.

Usandizaga, José María. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 14, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103476.

"Usandizaga, José María." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 14 June 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103476

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