Sebastián Durón


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(b Brihuega, bapt. Guadalajara, 19 April 1660; d Cambó, 3 Aug. 1716). Spanish composer. He held organist's posts at the cathedrals of Zaragoza (1679), Seville (1680), Burgo de Osma (1684), and Palencia (1686), and at the royal chapel in Madrid (1691). A favourite at the Madrid court, in 1701 he was named maestro de capilla and rector of the royal choir school; he also became the ‘official’ composer of zarzuelas and court comedies. However, in 1706 he was banished by Philip V for supporting the Habsburgs in the War of the Spanish Succession; from then until his death he was chaplain to Mariana of Neuburg, the widowed queen of Carlos II, in southern France.


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