Baena, Lope de

Active 1475ca-1505

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Person Born Died Gender Person ID
Lope de Baena M P0012

Instrument(s) Professional group Social status Social sphere Why is the person listed?
keyboard vihuela de mano órgano tecla Musician Professional Instrumentalist (plucked)

Years active Place active Century Region
1475ca-1505 15cent/3/late Castilla
Biographical information

A musician at the court of the Catholic Kings, described as a “tañedor” often a reference to a vihuela player, but not necessarily. He may have been related to keyboard player Gonzalo de Baena whose “Arte de tanger” was published in Lisbon in 1541. This may possibly explain why he called a keyboard player by some writers.

Cited by
• kastner1941, pp 45, 46, 49, 61, 85, 230 . Kastner refers to him as a "Músico de la Reina Católica" but he interprets this as meaning a keyboard player.
• pujol1949: calls him “López de Baena”
• casares1988, doc 133. “Lope de Baena, organista a la reina Isabel en 1505.”
• rubio1983, 51 asserts that he was also a singer as well as a “tañedor” in the household of Fernando el Católico while still a prince, that is before 1479. This information is probably drawn from Anglées( probablemente tomado de Anglés.
• angles1941, I, 68 asserts that in 1495 he was among the “Oficiales de la casa” of Isabel la Católica as a “tañedor.”

See knighton2016-1 for further information

Related persons
Fernando el Católico was his employer
[unnamed 3] was his

Ref Author Item Pages
angles1941 Anglés, Higinio. La musica en la corte de los Reyes Católicos. 3 vols. Monumentos de la Música Española 1, 5, 10. Barcelona: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Instituto Espanol de Musicologia, 1941-51. I, 68
casares1988 Barbieri, Francisco Asenjo. Documentos sobre la música española y epistolaro. Legado Barbieri, vol 2. Ed. Emilio Casares. Madrid: Fundación Banco Exterior, 1988. doc 133
kastnerCONT Kastner, [Macario] Santiago. Contribución al estudio de la música española y portuguesa. Lisboa: Editorial Atica, 1941. 45,46,49,61,85,230
pujol1949 Mudarra, Alonso. Tres libros de música en cifra para vihuela. Ed. Emilio Pujol. Monumentos de la Música Española 7. Barcelona: Instituto Español de Musicología, 1949, rpt 1984. 13
rubio1983 Rubio, Samuel. Historia de la música española 2: Desde el “ars nova” hasta 1600. Historia de la música española , vol. 2. Madrid: Alianza, 1983. 51

John Griffiths