Juan (Pablo) Pujol

(1573 - 1626)

Spanish composer and priest. Held the post of maestro de capilla at the cathedrals of Tarragona (from 1593), Saragossa (Pilar) (from 1596), and Barcelona (from 1613). One of the most important Spanish composers of the early seventeenth century, wrote much church music, some which uses basso continuo. His 8-part Masses contain effective double-choir writing, and his psalm-settings make ingenious use of the Gregorian tone. His style is severe yet dramatic; his Holy Week music continued to be sung in Barcelona cathedral until at least the recent past.

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