Juan del Encina

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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Encina, Juan del


Born 1469 in Encinas, Salamanca Province; died 1529 in Salamanca. Spanish poet, dramatist and composer.

Encina’s principal works, which were collected in his Songbook (1496), combine medieval traditions and Renaissance tendencies. Encina’s fourteen plays called eclogues marked the beginning of secular theater in Spain. Several of his plays, including A Play About a Fight (published 1509), Mingo Gil (1494), and Pascuala (1494), were written in the spirit of folk farces. Encina celebrated earthly joys and love in such pastoral eclogues as Plácida and Vitoriano (staged 1513).


Istoriia zapadnoevropeiskogo teatra, vol. 1. Edited by S. S. Mokul’skii. Moscow, 1956. Pages 265–68.
Andrews, J. R. Juan del Encina: Prometheus in Search of Prestige. Berkeley-Los Angeles, 1959.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Summary: Dressed in loose-fitting black clothes and a bright red waistcoat, Cesar Carazo waves an arm regally as he regales the audience with a 15th-century song by Spanish composer Juan del Enzina.