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Jose Gonzalo Zulaika (Composer)

Born: 10th January 1886, San Sebastián, Spain

Died: 30th August 1956, Baztan, Spain

Nationality: Spanish

José Gonzalo Zulaica better known by his pen name Aita Donostia (Father Donostia or Father San Sebastian, because he was a priest born in San Sebastian, Donostia in the Basque language), was a Spanish and Basque musicologist and composer. He was also known as José Antonio de Donostia.

From 1936 to 1943 he was in exile in France.

His most popular work is the Basque Preludes, a set of fifteen piano pieces inspired by Basque traditional music, arranged in a very romantic way, that reminds Robert Schumann's and Edvard Grieg's styles.

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