Javier Iturralde

Born: 1942, Falces (Spain)
Died: August 8th, 2006
Nationality: Spanish

Javier Iturralde was of Basque descent and a younger brother of saxophone legend Pedro Iturralde (1929-). For most of his professional life, he stayed in Madrid. Javier Iturralde wrote and recorded arrangements in the studio with artists including Joxean Larranaga ‘Urko’, Julio Iglesias, Luis Cobos, Elsa Baeza, and Joaquín Sabina. Together with Jorge Machado, he wrote the orchestration to two entries in the 1979 Portuguese Eurovision heats, amongst which the eventual number two, ‘Eu só quero’ by Gabriela Schaaf.

Javier Iturralde arranged and conducted ‘Quédate esta noche’, a song composed by José Antonio Martin and interpreted by Trigo Limpio. This song was chosen to represent Spain in the 1980 Eurovision Song Contest in The Hague and came twelfth in a field of nineteen contestants.

In due course, a more extensive biography of Javier Iturralde will be published on this website


Songs conducted
1980: Quédate esta noche