Arriaga, Juan

Arriaga “was nicknamed ‘the Spanish Mozart’ after he died, because, like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, he was both a child prodigy and an accomplished composer who died young. Whether by design or coincidence, they also shared the same first and second baptismal names; and they shared the same birthday, January 27 (fifty years apart).” (YouTube description for “Guarneri Quartet plays Arriaga Quartet No 1 in D minor I Allegro” at

Britannica describes him as “a composer of extraordinary precocity” whose “music stands between the Classical tradition of Haydn and Mozart and the Romanticism of Rossini and Schubert; it shows abundant invention, freshness and technical resourcefulness.”


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