This book explores Juan de Anchieta’s life and his music and, for the first time, presents a critical study of the life and works of a major Spanish composer from the time of Ferdinand and Isabel. A key figure in musical developments in Spain in the decades around 1500, Anchieta served in the Castilian royal chapel for over thirty years, from his appointment in 1489 as a singer in the household of Queen Isabel, and he continued to receive a pension from her grandson, the Emperor Charles V, until his death in 1523. He traveled to Flanders in the service of the Catholic Monarchs’ daughter Juana, and was briefly music master to Charles himself. Anchieta, along with Francisco de Peñalosa, his contemporary in the Aragonese chapel, and a few others, was a key figure in the rise of elaborate written polyphony in the Spain of Josquin’s time.
The book brings together two of the leading specialists in Spanish music of the era in order to review and revise the rich biographical material relating to Anchieta’s life, and the historiographical traditions which have dominated its telling. After a biographical overview, the chapters focus on specific genres of his music, sacred and secular, with suggestions as to a possible chronology of his work based on its codicology and style, and consideration of the contexts in which it was conceived and performed. A final chapter summarizes his achievement and his influence in his own time and after his death. As the first comprehensive study of Anchieta’s life and works, The Music of Juan de Anchieta is an essential addition to the history of Spanish music.
Table of Contents
List of sources; List of tables; List of musical examples; A Note on musical examples and abbreviations; Introduction; 1. The life of Juan de Anchieta (Tess Knighton); 2. The early service music (Kenneth Kreitner); 3. The motets (Tess Knighton); 4. The early mass music (Kenneth Kreitner); 5. The songs (Tess Knighton); 6. The late sacred music (Kenneth Kreitner); 7. Anchieta: an appreciation (Tess Knighton and Kenneth Kreitner); Appendix 1: Anchieta worklist; Appendix 2: Anchieta’s itinerary, 1489-1523; Appendix 3: Documentation; Appendix 4: Schematic analyses of motets attributed to or possibly by Anchieta; Bibliography; Index
Tess Knighton has been an ICREA Research Professor affiliated to the Institució Milà i Fontanals (CSIC) in Barcelona since 2011. She is also an Emeritus Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge. Between 1992 and 2009, she was editor of the journal Early Music, and she is a series editor of the Boydell Press’s Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Music. The volume she edited with Alvaro Torrente on Devotional Music in the Iberian World, 1450–1800 won the Robert M. Stevenson Award from the American Musicological Society. Her most recent publications include the Companion to Music in the Age of the Catholic Monarchs (2017) and Hearing the City in Early Modern Europe (2018).
Kenneth Kreitner is Benjamin W. Rawlins Professor of Musicology at the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music of the University of Memphis. His publications include Discoursing Sweet Music: Town Bands and Community Life in Turn-of-the-Century Pennsylvania (1990); The Church Music of Fifteenth-Century Spain (2004), which won the 2007 Robert M. Stevenson Award from the American Musicological Society; and articles on Spanish Renaissance music and early performance practice in Early Music, Early Music History, Musica Disciplina, the Journal of the Royal Musical Association, and elsewhere.