Aita Donostia

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Aita Donostia in 1930

José Gonzalo Zulaica (San Sebastián, Spain, 1886–1956), 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 Basque musicologist and composer.[1] He was also known as José Antonio de Donostia.[2]

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.

Selected discography[edit]

  • Ahots eta pianorako musika (I) - Complete music for voice and piano
  • Ahots eta pianorako musika (II)
  • Ahots eta pianorako musika (III) Almudena Ortega, soprano & Josu Okiñena, piano NB001 2005
  • Ahots eta pianorako musika (IV) Almudena Ortega, soprano & Josu Okiñena, piano NB002 2006

References[edit]

  1. ^ New Grove
  2. ^ Obras musicales del Padre Donostia: Piano José Antonio de Donostia, Jorge de Riezu - 1972 -