Juan del Encina

Juan del Encina



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Juan del Encina (1468-1529), poet, playwright, composer, and indeed a controversial figure, developed a remarkable national style during the period of the Reyes Católicos (1474-1516). The greater part of his work is found in the Cancionero Musical de Palacio, published by Barbieri in Madrid in 1890. With no affiliation to any chapel and writing no sacred music, he produced an output of great significance to our understanding of secular music and of Spanish musical theatre. While sensitive to the aesthetic preferences of his epoch, he cultivated a variety of forms of poetry; but it was above all in the courtly chanson, the romances and the popularly-inspired villancicos that he reached the peak of lyricism and succeeded in fusing the "learned" and the popular, far surpassing his contemporaries in this respect.