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date: 19 November 2019

Fernández Dávila, Leonardo locked

  • Guy Bourligueux

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(d ?Madrid, July 1, 1771). Spanish organ builder. He built two fine instruments for the Metropolitan Church, Granada (1746–7), and was then summoned by Fernando VI to Madrid, where he began work on the organ for the royal chapel in 1756; he was assisted by Jorge Bosch Bernat-Veri, whom he nominated as his successor and who completed this much admired instrument (restored by Gerhard Grenzing in 1993) after Fernández Dávila’s death. Fernández Dávila also built the organs at the church of Sta Cruz, Madrid, and at Jaén Cathedral (1747), among others. He contributed the definitions of organ-building terminology to the Diccionario castellano con las voces de ciencias y artes (Madrid, 1786–93) by Esteban de Terreros y Pando, S.J. and wrote Memoria y nominación de los registros que obtiene el órgano de la Santa Metropolitana Iglesia de Granada (Granada, 1746). According to Grenzing, the French organ builder Guillermo Denoyer, active in Andalucia, might have been connected in some way with Fernández Dávila. (L. Jambou: ...

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