Santos Inchausti the great unknown
Born on 31 October 1868 in Munguia (Bizkaia), he was the son of Julián Inchausti, the local organist. Choral conductor and composer, in 1896 he founded the Munguía Choral Society on the occasion of the success he received in the choral society competition held that year at the Basque festivities in Bilbao. In 1898, he was appointed assistant director of the Bilbao Choral Society, under the direction of Aureliano del Valle, achieving great success between 1896 and 1914.
The choral activity of the time was important and choral societies of all political persuasions were created: liberal-struggle, liberal, socialist, Carlist, republican and nationalist. The Euskalerria Society founded the Euskeria Choral Society, of which Santos was the director for many years. His activity in the musical sphere in Bilbao was not only limited to conducting, as he was a music teacher in the Municipal Schools and took part in a number of concerts and musical tribunals, but also in the composition of choral music (Machín, Nora zoaz artzaiña), for voice and piano (Ilunabarra, Neure Andria, Oñazez), txistu (Contrapas, Potpourri vasco-navarro, Minue), Banda (Fragmentos de Lide ta Ixidor), and lyric theatre (Lide ta Ixidor, Itsasondo) where he achieved new heights of recognition.
He died in 1925 in his native town and the Asociación de Txistularis paid tribute to him in 1928 in Orduña for his involvement in promoting this instrument.