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 31, 1887 (Donostia-San Sebastian), Died October 5, 1915 (Donostia-San Sebastian)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1914 - 1931
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, conductor
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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.
|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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Usandizaga, José María," accessed November 28, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103476.
Usandizaga, José María. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 28, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103476.
"Usandizaga, José María." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 28 November 2022.
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