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Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga

  • Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga © CAGP/Iberfoto

    Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga © CAGP/Iberfoto



Music, Opera



Date of birth

Jan 27, 1806

Date of death

Jan 17, 1826

" Composer. His short production, due to his early death, remained forgotten until the end of the 19th century when he was rescued by Basque musical nationalism."

Juan Crisóstomo Jacobo Antonio de Arriaga y Balzola was born in Bilbao in 1806. His father Juan Simón de Arriaga was an organist in Berriatúa and taught him the basics of music. He was a pupil of the renowned violinist Faustino Sanz. He had already started to compose at age 11 and performed works in the musical societies in Bilbao. At the age of 15 his father decided he should continue his training at the Paris Conservatoire where he studied violin with Pierre Baillot, harmony with François-Joseph Fétis and counterpoint with Luigi Cherubini. He was named assistant professor to Fetís at the conservatoire in 1824 and his music shows influences from Haydn and early Beethoven. He died as an adolescent from tuberculosis in Paris on 17th January 1826.

Essential works

  • Work of culture - Generic image

    Los esclavos felices

    The genius and precocious talent of Bilboan composer Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga was apparent from his first opera, composed when he was only 13 years old.

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Other highlighted works

  • Three quartets for strings
  • Stabat Mater

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