Cristóbal Galán

Born 1625. Died 24 September 1684
Cristóbal Galán
Cristóbal Galán

Cristóbal Galán Biography (Wikipedia)

Cristóbal Galán (c. 1630 – 24 September 1684) was a Spanish Baroque composer.

The first record of Galán is that in 1651 he was rejected as maestro de capilla in Sigüenza because he was married. From 1653 he was a singer and organist, then later maestro de capilla in Cagliari, Sardinia.; then from 1656 to 1659 in Morella, Castellon. From 1660 to 1663 he worked in Madrid, in an unknown position. From 1664 to 1667 he was maestro de capilla at Segovia Cathedral, then moving to the Convent of Las Descalzas Reales, Madrid, where in 1680, five years after the death of Carlos Patiño, he became director of the capilla real. He died in Madrid.

In letters written in Madrid in 1675 and 1681 to Miguel de Irízar, Galán is cited as Madrid's principal composer of sacred music, since Juan Hidalgo de Polanco was only interested in writing tonos humanos. A generation later his style was still respected by Francisco Valls.

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