José Ximénez

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José Ximénez, José Jiménez or Jusepe Ximénez (baptized 25 December 1601; died 9 August 1672[1]) was a Spanish organist and the composer of 23 surviving works. Born in Zaragoza, he became the assistant of Sebastian Aguilera de Heredia in 1620 and succeeded him as principal organist at La Seo after the latter's death in December 1627.[2] In 1654 he turned down an appointment to the royal chapel in Madrid, and seems to have spent the rest of his life in Saragossa.

Ximénez's works have appeared in collections by F. Pedrell: (Antología de organistas clásicos españoles, i Barcelona, 1908) and H. Anglés: (Antología de organistas españoles del siglo XVII, i–ii Barcelona, 1965–6). A collected edition by Willi Apel appeared as vol. 31 of Corpus of Early Keyboard Music.[3]


  1. ^ Apel 1975 gives 1678 as his date of death.
  2. ^ Apel 1975 says he became organist in 1654, Hudson in GroveOnline says 1627 or 1628.
  3. ^ <Library copy is dated 1975, website lists 1993 (republication?)

Hudson, Barton (2001). "José Ximénez". In Sadie, Stanley; Tyrrell, John (eds.). The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2nd ed.). London: Macmillan Publishers. ISBN 978-1-56159-239-5.