Salinas, Francisco de

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Salinas, Francisco de

Salinas, Francisco de , eminent Spanish organist and music theorist; b. Burgos, March 1, 1513; d. Salamanca, Jan. 13, 1590. He became blind at the age of 10. He was taught organ, and studied languages at the Univ. of Salamanca. In 1538 he was taken to Rome by Cardinal Pedro Sarmiento de Salinas, where he was made a priest and was granted an annual pension by Pope Paul HI. From 1553 to 1558, he was organist at the vice-regal chapel in Naples, and in 1559 he became organist at Sigüenza Cathedral; later was organist at Léon Cathedral. From 1567 he was prof. of music at the Univ. of Salamanca. He wrote the theoretical treatise De musica libri septem (Salamanca, 1577), chiefly valuable for the examples of Spanish folk music it contains. It was to Salinas that Luis de Léon dedicated his famous Odas a Salinas.


A. Daniels, The De musica libri VII of Franciscus d.S.(diss., Univ. of Southern Calif., 1962).

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