Violin History & Timeline
The Roots of Famous Violinists
Juan Crisóstomo precocious Spanish composer; b. Rigoitia,
near Bilbao, Jan. 27, 1806; d. Paris, Jan. 17, 1826 (10 days before
his 20th birthday). At the age of 11, he wrote an Octet for French Horn,
Strings, Guitar, and Piano, subtitled Nada y mucho; at 13, a
2-act opera, Los esclavos fehces. On the strength of these works he
was accepted at the Paris Cons., where he studied with Baillot and Fdtis.
In Paris he wrote a Sym.; a biblical scene, Agar; 3 string
quartets; several fugues; piano pieces; songs. On Aug. 13, 1933, a
memorial to him was unveiled in Bilbao and a Comisión Permanente Arriaga
was formed to publ. his works. Under its auspices, the vocal score of the
opera and the full scores of his Sym. and Octet were printed. A
bibliographical pamphlet, Resurgimiento de his obras de Ariiaga, by
Juan de Eresalde was also publ. (Bilbao, 1953).