Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga

Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga

  • Born
    27th January 1806
  • Died
    17th January 1826
  • Birthplace
    Bilbao, Biscay, Spain
Juan Crisóstomo Jacobo Antonio de Arriaga y Balzola was a Spanish composer. He was nicknamed the Spanish Mozart after his death, as he was both a child prodigy and an accomplished composer who died young. They also shared the same first and second baptismal names; and they shared the same birthday, January 27. Born in Bilbao, Biscay, on what would have been Mozart's fiftieth birthday, he was taught music by his father and his older brother. In September 1822 Arriaga's father sent him to Paris to study under Pierre Baillot, Luigi Cherubini, and François-Joseph Fétis at the Paris Conservatoire: Arriaga made quite an impression on his teachers. He died in Paris ten days before his twentieth birthday, of a lung ailment (possibly tuberculosis), or exhaustion, perhaps both. He was buried in an unmarked grave at the Cimetière du Nord in Montmartre. There is a plaque marking the house at 314 rue Saint-Honoré in his memory. His works contain notably Spanish rhythmic and melodic elements.