José Ximénez (Composer)
Born: 25th December 1601, Zaragoza, Spain
Died: 9th August 1672, Zaragoza, Spain
José Ximénez, José Jiménez or Jusepe Ximénez was a Spanish organist and the composer of 23 surviving works. Born in Zaragoza, he became the assistant of Sebastian Aguilera de Heredia in 1620 and succeeded him as principal organist at La Seo after the latter's death in December 1627. In 1654 he turned down an appointment to the royal chapel in Madrid, and seems to have spent the rest of his life in Saragossa.
Ximénez's works have appeared in collections by F. Pedrell: (Antología de organistas clásicos españoles, i Barcelona, 1908) and H. Anglés: (Antología de organistas españoles del siglo XVII, i–ii Barcelona, 1965–6). A collected edition by Willi Apel appeared as vol.