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Moreno Torroba, Federico (opera)

Lionel Salter

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print December 1992 |
Published online January 2002 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b Madrid, March 3, 1891; d Madrid, Sept 12, 1982). Spanish composer, conductor and critic . After early lessons with his father, an organist, he entered the Madrid Conservatory and studied composition with Conrado del Campo. The closure of the Teatro Real, where his first opera had been produced in 1925, caused him to turn his attention to zarzuelas. He became an acknowledged master of the genre, composing over the next 30 years a vast number, mostly distinguished by sensitive workmanship. His greatest success was Lussa Fernanda (1932), but he had already made his name with La Marchenera (1928). Other well-received works were La chulapona (1934), Maravilla (1941), La Caramba (1942) and Marra Manuela (1957). He also made a considerable reputation as a theatre conductor, as a critic for the Madrid daily Informaciones (for ten years) and as a composer of guitar music. At the end of his life he returned to opera with ...

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Subjects: Opera

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