Juan Bautista José Cabanilles (1644 – 1712) was a Spanish organist and composer at Valencia Cathedral. He is considered by many to have been the greatest Spanish Baroque composer, and has been called the Spanish Bach.
At 20 years of age, he was named the assistant organist of the cathedral. A year later, upon the death of his predecessor, he became the principal organist. On 22 September 1668 he was ordained as a priest. He kept his position as principal organist for 45 years, but from 1703 on his health often necessitated that a substitute be found. From 1675 to 1677 he also took charge of teaching the children in the cathedral choir. No portrait or likeness of
Cabanilles is known to exist.
Many of Cabanilles's compositions are virtuosic and advanced for their time, but generally, he is in the Spanish tradition of keyboard music following 16th century patterns.
The majority of his manuscripts are kept in the Biblioteca de Catalunya in Barcelona. Numerous compositions for organ (tientos, toccatas, passacaglias, and other works) have survivas well as a number of works for choirs of up to 13 parts.
This is a very fine showpiece for the Chamade Trumpets. On the Frechilla organ those trumpets are of exceptional quality.
The organ has been restored with great care and attention to detail and is one of the most beautiful preserved early Spanish instruments.