Juan del Vado

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Juan del Vado y Gomez (1625–1691) was a Spanish composer, organist[1] and violinist.[2] He is noted for the enigmatic canons, symbolic musical puzzles, dedicated to his king Charles II of Spain.[3]

He came from a family of violinists. His father was a player of violin, lute and shawm in the Capilla Real (es) of Madrid.[4][5]

Works, editions and recordings[edit]


  1. ^ Hudson, Barton (1961), A Portuguese Source of Seventeenth-Century Iberian Organ Music, Doutoramento, Indiana, Universidade do Indiana, Policopiado.
  2. ^ The new Grove dictionary of music and musicians: Vol.26 Stanley Sadie, John Tyrrell - 2001
  3. ^ Craig M. Wright The maze and the warrior: symbols in architecture, theology, and music 2001 p246 "But even substandard monarchs receive sovereign flattery. Thus it was that Juan del Vado (c.1625-1691), organist and music master to Charles II, dedicated to him a collection of six canones enigmaticos and six polyphonic Masses.
  4. ^ John H. Baron, Daniel L. Heiple Spanish art song in the seventeenth century 1985 p.xi "Juan del Vado flourished in Madrid between ca. 1625 and 1691. He was both organist and violinist in the capilla real, and he came from a family of violinists (his father, Felipe del Vado, ..."
  5. ^ Maurice Esses History and background, music and dance 1992 "Juan's father, first appears in the archival lists in 1624 as a cometa player. He died in 1649. Bernavé del Vado, Juan's brother, also belonged to the royal chapel, according to the record of his death on September 27"
  6. ^ López, Jesús Gonzalo (1997), Juan del Vado: Cuatro Obras para Órgano, Cuadernos de Daroca I, Zaragoza, Institucion Fernando el Catolico, IFC.
  7. ^ Robledo L. "The Enigmatic Canons of Juan del Vado (c. 1625-1691)," translated by Gerardo Arriaga, Early Music 15 (1987), p514-19.