Bengoecha de Cármena, Soledad
- Ramon Sobrino Sanchez
(b Madrid, March 21, 1849; d Madrid, 1893). Spanish composer. She studied the piano, harmony and instrumentation with Arriola, Jesús Monasterio and Ledesma. During her childhood she took part in the concerts organized by her father at home. The first performance of her Mass (1867) was received with enormous enthusiasm, and the Madrid critics wrote that the beauty of its texture was reminiscent of Renaissance Spanish polyphony. In 1874 her zarzuelas Flor de los cielos and El gran día were produced in the Teatro Jovellanos, Madrid. The zarzuela A la fuerza ahorcan (1876) was performed only twice, despite critical praise. Her finest works were the overture Sybille, composed in Paris in 1873 (première 1875), and the Marcha triunfal, both performed at the Sociedad de Conciertos, Madrid. Her musical style combines elements of German music and Italian opera. She was a founder-member of the Sociedad Artístico-Musical de Socorros Mutuos....