Personalities | Antonio de Cabezón | Renaissance | Classical
(An-ton’-yo da Ka-ba-thon’) 1510–66
Spanish keyboard composer and player
Blind from birth, Cabezón learnt the organ from an early age and became one of the great keyboard players of his day. He began his career as organist to Queen Isabella. After her death he worked for her children, later attaching himself solely to the future king, Philip II. Cabezón’s works are all for keyboard and include intabulations of vocal works by other people’s freely composed forms. Among the latter his tientos (a Spanish form of fantasia) are among the finest of the genre.
Music for the Spanish Kings, Hesperion XX (dir) Jordi Savall (Virgin/Erato)
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