Juan de Lienas

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Juan de Lienas (fl.ca. 1640), is a composer, probably Mexican, whose compositions - several polyphonic masses and motets in the old style of Guerrero - are found in the Convento del Carmen Codex, of the former Convent school in San Ángel, Mexico City.[1] He is "tentatively identified" with Juan Hernández chapelmaster of Mexico City Cathedral till 1620.[2] If so, then he is unusual for cathedral chapelmasters of the period in being of Mexican Indian origin and married.[3][4][5][6]

One source identifying him as a Cuban composer and chapelmaster at the Cathedral of Havana is to be disregarded.[7]

Selected discography[edit]

  • Juan de Lienas, Missa. Les Chemins du Baroque 8: Messe de l'Assomption de la Vierge. Compañia Musical de las Américas dir. Josep Cabré, K617
  • Nicolas Gombert, Ferdinand de Lassus, Juan De Lienas; Messe de la Bataille en Nouvelle Espagne - Mexique es:Cristina García Banegas K617


  1. ^ Robert Murrell Stevenson - Spanish Cathedral Music in the Golden Age 1961 - Page 70 "Juan de Lienas, a highly accomplished composer whose works are preserved in the Convento del Carmen Codex (Mexico), ..."
  2. ^ George J. Buelow A history of baroque music - Page 397 2004 "He has been tentatively identified with the otherwise unknown Juan de Lienas, the author of several polyphonic masses and motets in the so-called Carmen Codex, copied in the final years of the previous century. If so, Hernandez can be"
  3. ^ mention in Britannica
  4. ^ Leslie Bethell The Cambridge History of Latin America - 1984- Page 779 "One rare exception to the rule that the cathedrals attracted the most talented was 'don' Juan de Lienas in Mexico City during the years before 1650. Like Tomas Pascual in San Juan Ixcoi (Huehuetenango), Juan Matfas at Oaxaca cathedral, ..."
  5. ^ Peter Standish A companion to Mexican studies 2006 - Page 39 "Some other major composers of colonial church music are Hernando Franco, Juan de Lienas, Antonio de Salazar and the aptly named Francisco Lopez y Capilla."
  6. ^ Dennis Shrock Choral Repertoire Page 346 2009 "The New World composers — Gaspar Fernandes, Juan de Lienas, Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla, Francisco López Capillas, Juan de Araujo, Antonio de Salazar, Manuel de Zumaya, and Ignacio Jerusalem — mostly served in cathedrals in Puebla ..."
  7. ^ Suzanne Spicer Tiemstra The Choral Music of Latin America 1992 -- Page 4 "The cultural leader in the Caribbean islands was Cuba, whose most significant early composer was Juan de Lienas (fl.ca. 1640), chapelmaster at the Havana cathedral."