José Antonio de Donostia

José Gonzalo Zulaica (10 January 1886 in San Sebastián, Spain – 30 August 1956), better known by his pen name Aita Donostia (Father Donostia or Father San Sebastian, because he was a priest born in San Sebastian, Donostia in the Basque language), was a Spanish and Basque musicologist and composer. He was also known as José Antonio de Donostia.

From 1936 to 1943 he was in exile in France.

His most popular work is the Basque Preludes, a set of fifteen piano pieces inspired by Basque traditional music, arranged in a very romantic way, that reminds Robert Schumann's and Edvard Grieg's styles.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 10, 1886 (Donostia-San Sebastián), Died August 30, 1956 (Donostia-San Sebastián)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1928 - 1937

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

Notes: Birth name: Jose Gontzalo Zulaika Arregi. Also known as José Antonio de Donostia, Father Donostia, and Father Jose Antonio de San Sebastian.

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BAVE-60112 10-in. 4/7/1930 Dolor Maria Luisa Anido Guitar solo composer  
Gramophone BJ1702 10-in. 12/12/1928 Oñazez Jóse de la Rica Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CL6303 10-in. approximately 1937 Itxasoan Quintette Vocal Eskualtzaleen Biltzara Vocal quintet composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CL6306 10-in. approximately 1937 Adios ene Maitia Quintette Vocal Eskualtzaleen Biltzara Vocal quintet composer  


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"José Antonio de Donostia." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 17 July 2024.

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