Sebastián Aguilera de Heredia
(b. Zaragoza, 1561 ; d. Zaragoza, 1627)

The complete organ works

on the historic organ by Juan de Apecechea (1684)
church of El Salvador, Salvatierra de Esca, Aragon, Spain
rehabilitated in 2006 by Claudio Rainolter and Christine Vetter

Musique et Mémoire continues its collaboration with the organist Jean-Charles Ablitzer with this third recording devoted to the complete organ works of a major figure in seventeenth-century Spanish music, the composer Sebastián Aguilera de Heredia.

Like Jehan Titelouze, Michael Praetorius and even Girolamo Frescobaldi, Sebastián Aguilera de Heredia, who was born in Aragon and was organist at La Seo in Zaragoza, represents the period of transition between Renaissance and Baroque.

His works – in keeping with the late sixteenth-century technical advances in organ building – seem to us surprisingly modern in their frequent use of contrasting sound and, above all, in their bold rhythms and harmony. This forward-looking musician may be regarded as a seminal figure in the development of the Aragonese school of organ music: he was the first composer to propagate, if not invent, a new style of writing, the tiento de medio registro, shortly before the arrival of the brilliant Correa de Arauxo.

This first recording on CD of Heredia's complete organ works gives us an opportunity to discover and gain a better understanding of organ music in Spain at the beginning of the Baroque period.

This music is colourful, inventive and eloquent.

Digipack 1 CD MMP 2012-13-3
Timing: 74’’
Booklet in full colour
Texts in French & English
April 2013


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historic organ Juan de Apecechea ( 1684 ) reconstructs in 2006
by Claudio Rainolter and Christine Vetter

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