Mestres Catalans Antics, vol. IV: Joan Crisòstom Ripollès. Church music for 1, 2, 4, 6, and 8 veus. Catedral of Tarragona

Joan Crisòstom Ripollès ( ca. 1680 - 1746 )
Josep Maria Gregori
Mestres Catalans Antics, vol. IV: Joan Crisòstom Ripollès. Church music for 1, 2, 4, 6, and 8 veus. Catedral of Tarragona
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Joan Crisòstom Ripollès was born in Torreblanca (Plana Alta) in 1678 and died in Tarragona in 1746. It is to be supposed that he studied music at one of the cathedral schools close to his birthplace, such as in Tortosa, Sogorb or Tarragona. On 23 May 1699 he was accepted as a lead countertenor at the music chapel of the Cathedral of Tarragona, then directed by Josep Escorihuela1 since 1695. His compositions belong to the typical genres of the ecclesiastical, liturgical and religious repertoire and they all display a strong sense of melody. His cultivation of polychorality makes the influence of the Venetian style clear, introduced into Spain precisely though Valencia. His compositional style is characterized by tonal and textural transparency, freshness and lyrical simplicity, and a very lively narrative dynamic. Moreover, the influence of Italianism, as adopted by composers linked to the Barcelona court of Archduke Charles of Austria, suc