Born: 1891, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Álava, Basque Country
Died: 1963, Donostia
José Tomás Uruñuela was a Basque musician and dance teacher. He was born in Vitoria-Gasteiz and in 1916 graduated in Chemistry from the Universidad Central, in Madrid. He returned to his hometown and in 1919 was nominated counselor of the Escuela de Artes y Oficios.
His musical interest brought him in contact with other Basque musicians and musicologists of the time, such as Father Donostia. By 1926, a couple of his compositions had been published. These featured lyrics in Basque, and some were based on traditional melodies, to which he added skillful harmonizations. In 1928 and 1929, he presented his compositions Aizta txinkurrun, Jorrai dantza, Los caballeritos de Azkoitia, and El clavecín de Bendaña (this latter dedicated to Father Donostia).
In June 1937, with the fall of Bilbao during the Spanish Civil War, he went into exile in Paris, where he continued working with groups of traditional Basque dances, particularly Eresoinka, with whom he traveled through Europe and North America.
He returned to Spain in 1942 and settled in San Sebastián, where he devoted his attention to the Dance School and the Schola Cantorum. He also resumed the activity of collecting traditional folk melodies.
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