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Aldaz, Juan de

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Person Born Died Gender Person ID
Juan de Aldaz M P0457

Instrument(s) Professional group Social status Social sphere Why is the person listed?
vihuela Maker Maker (violero)

Years active Place active Century Region
1585-1619 Madrid, Alcalá de Henares 16cent/3/late
Biographical information

• 1585 - 21 February. In 1585 Juan de Aldaz, vihuelero, and Gómez Mexia, musician, made a contract in Madrid to buy thirty-four and a half bundles of vihuela strings with the trade name la aguela [sic] at fifteen reales a bundle. 517.5 reales (17.595 mrs) para 34 y medio mazos de cuerdas. [mazo = 100 cuerdas?]

• 1607 - 3 July. Violeros Diego Fernández and Cristóbal Bejerano swear on oath that Juan de Aldaz had been examined for a plain vihuela (una biguela llana) by Antonio Duarte and Juan de Carrión in 1586 and Juan de Aldaz was given a licence to have a shop. [AHPM, 3-07-1607, Prot: 24848, fol. 595]

• Juan de Aldaz was present at the meeting in 1607 that the violeros held at Alonso González’s house in calle Toledo (el oficio y arte de hacer biguelas y guitarras y otros instrumentos) to elect examiners and an overseer for the year 1608. [AHPM, Junta de Violeros, 27-12-1607, Prot: 1782, fols 65-66]

• The biolero Juan de Aldaz was in Portal del Mercado y La Hacería de los Libreros in Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, in 1619. AMAH, Padrón vecinal, 13-04-1619, section 2.6, file 274, nf.]

Related persons
Gómez Mejía was his colleague
Diego Fernández was his colleague
Cristóbal Bejerano was his colleague
Antonio Duarte was his colleague
Juan de Carrión was his colleague
Alonso González was his colleague


Source documents
Date Document
1585-02-21 Juan Aldaz and Gómez Mejía buy vihuela strings.
1607-07-03 Juan de Aldaz, certification as a violero.
1607-12-27 Meeting of guild of violeros in Madrid.
1619-04-13 Juan de Aldaz in Alcalá de Henares.


Bibliography
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agullo1971 Agulló y Cobo, Mercedes. “Nuevos documentos para las biografías de músicos de los siglos XVI y XVII” [part 1]. Anuario Musical 26 (1971): 199-212. 199
romanillos2002 Romanillos, José Luis and Marian Harris Winspear. The Vihuela de mano and the Spanish Guitar: A Dictionary of the Makers of Plucked and Bowed Musical Instruments of Spain (1200-2002). Guijosa (Guadalajara): Sanguino Press, 2002. 10
schöner1999 Schöner, Oliver. Die Vihuela de mano im Spanien des 16. Jahrhunderts. Europäsiche Hochschulenschriften, vol 198. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 1999. 113
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