- Maruxa Baliñas-Perez
(b March 23, 1918; d October 5, 2007). Spanish composer. She studied in Castellón and Valencia, where her first compositions were performed. During the Spanish Civil War she studied composition and orchestration with Asencio (whom she later married), and she won some prizes for her songs. In 1943, despite official disapproval, she arranged the première of her first opera, La filla del Rei Barbut. Her most creative period was in the 1950s and 60s, when her two ballets El segoviano esquivo and El sortilegio de la luna, several choral works, songs (based on texts by Catalonian and Valencian poets) and pieces for guitar and piano were performed by leading Spanish musicians. On 24 January 1974 her second opera, Vinatea, was performed at the Gran Teatro del Liceo in Barcelona and then in Castellón and Valencia. Her personal situation improved after Franco's death: she obtained grants and prizes, and is now recognized as the leading female Spanish composer of the century....