Pascual Veiga Iglesias

Category: Musician, organist, conductor of choral societies
Birth Date: 9th May 1842 (†12th July 1906)
Birth Place: Mondoñedo (Lugo)

When he was a child he began to study music in the choir of Mondoñedo's cathedral. When he was thirteen he began to teach solfa in the chapel of the cathedral and later harmony. His composition Septenario a la Virgen de los Dolores dates from this period. In 1864, he moved to A Coruña, where the chapter of the collegiate church accepted him as an organist. In 1865, he was nominated as vice-president of the music section at the Youth Brotherhood Society. In 1878, he left the Choral Society called 'Brigantino' and founded the Coruña's Choral Society. In the literary and musical contest organized by the Society of Floral Games in Pontevedra, he performed, together with the Choral Society ?Brigantino?, the ballad titled Alborada Gallega that was also known as Alborada de Veiga. In 1882, he created the New Choral Society, which would be later called El Eco. In 1889, Pascual Veiga invited Juan Montes to make together a hymn for Galicia. That's why he wrote to Eduardo Pondal, who sent him the verses that would be set to music. So, the composition consisted of the first nine strophes of the poem Os Pinos. In 1896, he moved to Madrid when he became a teacher at the National Music Conservatory. The following year he conducted the Choral Society called 'Matritense' and the Choral Society of the Galician Centre in Madrid.

 Work & Activities

Part of his religious production dates from the year 1875. We must stand out some compositions such as Misa de Réquiem (for four voices and organ), Te Deum (for three voices and organ) and many Christmas carols. In 1877, he got the first prize with the Choral Society 'Brigantino' in a contest with the ballad El Amanecer. Pascual Veiga set to music the works of his friend Francisco Mª de la Iglesia Gallegos such as Gallegos. ¡A nosa terra! Escena coral en verso e nun auto escrita para o Orfeón Brigantino da Cruña, 1879 ; Os Artabros. Escena orfeónica and As Artes. With the Choral Society 'El Eco' he won several contests in Pontevedra, A Coruña and Vigo, making ballads such as El Canto de los amigos, Bonna Paravola, A Rosa, No me olvides, Alborada y Muiñeira, La Barcarola, A fonte do xuramento. The Choral Society of A Coruña performed in different public festivities and events making compositions such as La hora del crepúsculo, La Escala, Una noche en Nápoles, Recuerdo a Mr Percire, Os Artabros, La Escala, Alborada Gallega, Marsellesa, Tainanina... Apart from all the mentioned compositions, Pascual Veiga also made melodies such as Lazos de amor, A última queixa, Unha foliada, Alborada nº 2 and El canto del pescador.