(b Collbató, 18 Nov. 1871; d Madrid, 1 Dec. 1932). Catalan composer. He was a pupil of Pedrell. His early reputation was built on choral works, notably Emigrantes (1894), which became a rallying-cry for Catalan exiles throughout the world. Though semi-paralysed from childhood, he went on to write songs and operas, as well as the many zarzuelas on which his reputation rests. These include Bohemios (1904), the through-sung Maruxa (1914), and La villana (1927). His finest work is Doña Francisquita (1923), the best-loved of all three-act zarzuelas and typical of Vives's graceful melodic charm and delicate orchestration.
From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.