JESÚS ARÁMBARRI (1902 - 1960)
The Basque musician Jesús Arámbarri won a reputation as a conductor, particularly for his work with the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra. After study at the Vizcaíno Conservatory he continued in Paris as a composition pupil of Paul Le Flem and Dukas. As a composer he drew on Spanish and Basque traditions, although he wrote relatively little as he concentrated on his conducting career. During his last decade he was conductor of the Madrid Symphony Orchestra, while he held an appointment at the Madrid Conservatory.
Vocal and Orchestral Music
Arámbarri’s 8 Basque Songs are based on the love-songs and lullabies collected by Resurrección María de Azcue and Padre José Antonio de Donostia. Other compositions include short orchestral pieces, making use of Basque material or with a Spanish flavour. His zarzuela of 1952, Viento Sur (‘South Wind’), reveals the lyricism at the heart of his work.