Juan Blas de Castro
Juan Blas de Castro (1561 – August 6, 1631) was a Spanish singer, musician, and composer.
Born in Barrachina, in the province of Teruel, Spain, he was the second of four brothers. In 1592, he became part of the court of the Duke of Alba in Alba de Tormes, Salamanca, together with his friend, the poet and playwright Lope de Vega. During his stay, he set to music several of Lope's poems. Both would leave Salamanca together. In 1597 Castro became a court musician to King Philip III of Spain, and, from June 15, 1599 an usher. He died in Madrid.
In the Cancionero de la Sablonara, eighteen of his tonos survived. Lope and Góngora were the masters of the tono, romances with profane refrains. On his death, 771 tonos were found, both polyphonic and of popular themes, which have not been preserved. Most of his production centered on stage music, which has not survived either.
- Free scores by Juan Blas de Castro at the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)
- Free scores by Juan Blas de Castro in the Choral Public Domain Library (ChoralWiki)
- Juan Blas de Castro, at Cancioneros Musicales Españoles.
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