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Person Born Died Gender Person ID
Enríquez de Valderrábano M P0124

Instrument(s) Professional group Social status Social sphere Why is the person listed?
vihuela Musician Professional Vihuelist & Composer Instrumentalist & composer (plucked)

Years active Place active Century Region
1547 Valladolid 16cent/2/mid Castilla
Biographical information

Very little is known of the life of Enríquez de Valderrábano. The most recent work by Gracia Gil (gil2017) draws together the existing information and provides some new evidence that seems to confirm him as a resident at the court of the Conde de Miranda in Peñaranda del Duero. The count also had extensive property in Valladolid and lived there several months of each year. It is possible that Valderrábano also accompanied the family between residences.

These are the known facts:
• 1542 AGDV Parroquia de San Miguel, Bautizados, lib. 1º, fol 77v. 28 Feb 1542. A don Anrriquez de Valderrábano is among the godparents of Ana de Segovia, daughter of the weaver Mateo de Segovia. The documet reads [in the margin]: anna de Segobia. [Text]: en xxviii del dicho mes [= febrero] se xpañó [= cristianó] ana yja [=hija] de mateo de segobia, tejedor / los compadres y comadres / don anrriquez de valderrabano diego gonzaled de santiago[?] / escrivano maria de guzman muger de hernando de logroño / carpintero y Joana de Villegas muger de diego lopez de go. escribano
• 1547 Silva de sirenas (Valladolid: Fernández de Córdoba, 1547)
• 1555 cited by Bermudo (berm1555, 29v).
• 1587 AHPV/prot/leg/409/894 “Inventario de los bienes de Diego de Tovar”, 1587.03.13: fol 903 has a list of his books which includes “libro de música de Anriquez -quatro reales”
• 1590 AHPV 1590.07.30 contains a document pertaining to “Fray Francisco de Valderrábano, hijo legítimo y natural del comendador Antonio de Valderrábano del horden y caballería de Santiago, morador en el convento de Nuestra Señora de la Victoria desta villa [=Valladolid], del orden de los Mínimos.” His father was also deceased, also from Valladolid, and his mother had remarried. This is the reason for the document. There is no indication of any family connection with the vihuelist at this stage.
• 1615 Cristóbal Suárez de Figeroa, Plaza universal (Madrid, 1615) praises Valderrábano (cited in robledoBLAS)
• Saldoni cites him as "natural de Peñacerrada (León)" - erroneous reading of Peñaranda? f/193v
• Most modern authors continue to claim Enríquez to have been in the service of the Conde de Miranda, even as recently as schöner1999. This is on the basis of the dedication of Silva de Sirenas, and Bermudo’s assumption from this that he was in his service. Bermudo is only reiterating his interpretation of Silva, and is probably not based on first-hand personal knowledge of any kind.
• Barbieri, Vol 2, doc 2838. Letter reports a 7th copy of Valderrábano, 20,000 reales (barbieri?)
• Pedrell published songs by Valderrábano (pedrell1918 III, nºs 57-60)

Related persons
Diego de Tovar was his owned his book
Francisco de Zúñiga y Avellaneda was his patron
Francisco Fernández de Córdoba was his printer


Source documents
Date Document
1547 Enríquez de Valderrábano, Silva de sirenas.
1542.02.28 Ana de Segovia, baptism.
1587.03.13 Diego de Tovar, inventory (1).
1562 Martín de Villasante, inventory
1547 Enríquez de Valderrábano, permission to publish


Bibliography
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morphyL Morphy, Guillermo. Les Luthistes espagnols du XVIe Siècle. 2 vols. Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel, 1902; rpt New York: Broude Brothers, 1967.
saldoniD Saldoni, Baltasar. Diccionario Biográfico-Bibliográfico de efemérides de músicos españoles. 4 vols. Madrid: Antonio Pérez Dubrull, 1868-81; reimp. ed Jacinto Torres, Madrid: Centro de Documentación Musical, Ministerio de Cultura, 1986. Vol 4, 353
pujol1965 Valderrábano, Enriquez de. Libro de música de vihuela intitulado Silva de Sirenas. Ed. Emilio Pujol. 2 vols. Monumentos de la Música Española, 22-23. Barcelona: Instituto Español de Musicología, 1965.
ward1953 Ward, John M. “The ‘Vihuela de mano’ and its Music, 1536-1576”. Diss., New York University, 1953. 389-393
robledoBLAS Robledo Estaire, Luis. Juan Blas de Castro (ca. 1561-1631): Vida y obra musical. Zaragoza: Institución Fernando el Católico, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, 1989. 38
berm1555 Bermudo, Juan. Comiença el libro llamado declaracion de instrumentos musicales...Ossuna: Juan de León, 1555. fo. 29v
valderrabanoDMEH Griffiths, John. “Valderrábano, Enriquez de”. Vol. 10, 630-33 (2002). Diccionario de la música española e hispanoamericana. Ed. Emilio Casares Rodicio. Madrid: Sociedad General de Autores y Editores, 1999-2002. Vol. 8, 151.
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valderrabanoMGG Griffiths, John. “Valderrábano, Enríquez de”. Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart. 2nd edition, ed L. Finscher. Personenteil, 16. Kassel: Bärenreiter, 1994-.
schöner1999 Schöner, Oliver. Die Vihuela de mano im Spanien des 16. Jahrhunderts. Europäsiche Hochschulenschriften, vol 198. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 1999.
pedrell1918 Pedrell, Felipe. Cancionero Popular Musical Español. 4 vols. Valls: E. Castells, 1918-1922. 3rd edn: Barcelona: Boileau, 1958. III/nºs/57-60
barbieriC Barbieri, Francisco Asenjo. Cancionero Musical de los siglos XV y XVI. Madrid: Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, 1890.
gil2017 Gil Martín, Gracia María. “’Silva de sirenas’ de Enríquez de Valderrábano (Valladolid, 1547): Contexto de un libro de música en cifra para vihuela y edición de sus arreglos de polifonía vocal”. Ph D diss. Universidad de Valladolid, 2017.
antonio1672 Antonio, Nicolás. Biblioteca Hispana Nova. 2 vols. Roma: Nicolai Angeli Tinasii, 1672.
baker1958 Baker, Theodore. Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. 5th edn revised by N. Slonimsky. New York: Schirmer, 1958.
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