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date: 29 January 2020

Sorozábal (Mariezcurrena), Pablolocked

  • Andrew Lamb


(b San Sebastian, Sept 18, 1897; d Madrid, Dec 26, 1988). Spanish composer and conductor. He studied first in his native city and later under Alfredo de Larrocha (violin) and Beltrán Pagola (harmony and composition). He became a member of the Orfeón Donostiarra and later the orchestra of the Casino, playing under his violin teacher and Enrique Fernández Arbós. In 1918 he moved to Madrid as a member of the Philharmonic Orchestra and in 1920 he went to Leipzig. There he studied with Hans Sitt (violin) and Stephan Krehl (composition), supporting himself by playing in symphony orchestras and as a café musician, and made his conducting début in 1922. In 1931 he returned to Spain for the first performance of Katiuska, which remained one of the greatest of many successes in its genre. With Federico Moreno Torroba he was one of the last major exponents of the zarzuela, bringing to it technical refinement and a distinctive grasp of regional styles. He also composed chamber, choral and orchestral music, and was conductor of the Madrid Municipal Band, the Madrid PO and of many zarzuela recordings....

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