Famous Spanish Composers

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Xavier Cugat
(Conductor, Composer, Jazz musician, Singer, Bandleader)
Xavier Cugat
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Birthdate: January 1, 1900
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Girona
Died: October 27, 1990

Xavier Cugat was a Spanish musician and bandleader. He studied classical violin as a child and began working in silent films to support his family. He grew up to become a successful musician and played a leading role in the spread of Latin music. Besides music, he was also a cartoonist and a restaurateur. He was married five times. 

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Miguel Bosé
(Musician, Actor)
Miguel Bosé
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Birthdate: April 3, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama

Miguel Bosé is a Spanish pop new wave musician and actor who has been active in the entertainment industry for five decades. He studied acting, dancing, and singing and began his career as an actor. He eventually forayed into music as well. He is openly gay and is in a long-term relationship with sculptor Ignacio Palau. 

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Camilo Sesto
(Former pop rock musician who totaled 52 number 1 hits and 18 top 40 list songs throughout his career)
Camilo Sesto
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Birthdate: September 16, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Alcoy, Spain
Died: August 8, 2019

Camilo Sesto was a Spanish singer wgo began his musical career playing in bands before deciding to go solo. He became popular for his hits like Fresa Salvaje, Algo de Mi, and El Amor de Mi Vid. He was also a successful songwriter and music producer and gained praise for his role in the Spanish version of Jesus Christ Superstar.

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Pablo Casals
(Composer, Conductor and One of the Greatest Cellists of All time)
Pablo Casals
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Birthdate: December 29, 1876
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: El Vendrell, Spain
Died: October 22, 1973

Spanish cellist Pablo Casals got his first lessons in instruments such as the violin and the piano from his organist father. Known for his unique technique of using flexible left-hand positions, he later formed a celebrated trio with pianist Alfred Cortot and violinist Jacques Thibaud. He won a posthumous Grammy.

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José Manuel Pinto
(Association football player, Record producer, Composer)
José Manuel Pinto
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Birthdate: November 8, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: El Puerto de Santa María

Spanish retired professional footballer José Manuel Pinto Colorado made his La Liga debut with RC Celta de Vigo and won the Ricardo Zamora Trophy with the team. He later signed with Barcelona and went on to win sixteen major titles with the team, including four national championships and two Champions Leagues.

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Isaac Albeniz
(Spanish Catalan Virtuoso Pianist & One of the Foremost Composers of the Post-Romantic Era)
Isaac Albeniz
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Birthdate: May 29, 1861
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Camprodon, Spain
Died: May 18, 1909

Isaac Albeniz was a Spanish composer, conductor, and virtuoso pianist. Widely regarded as one of the most important composers of the Post-Romantic era, Albeniz had a strong influence on younger composers as well as his contemporaries. Many of his personal papers are preserved in several prominent institutions, such as the Library of Catalonia.

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Luisito Rey
(Singer, Composer)
Luisito Rey
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Birthdate: June 28, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cádiz, Spain
Died: December 9, 1992
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Francisco Tárrega
(Spanish Composer and Classical Guitarist Known for His Work During the Romantic Period)
Francisco Tárrega
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Birthdate: November 21, 1852
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Villarreal, Spain
Died: December 15, 1909

Francisco Tárrega was a Spanish composer and classical guitarist active during the Romantic period. He is often considered the father of classical guitar and is counted among the greatest guitarists of all time. He loved music from an early age and was able to build a successful career with his father’s encouragement. He died at the peak of his career. 

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Manuel de Falla
(One of Spain's Greatest Composers of the 20th Century)
Manuel de Falla
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Birthdate: November 23, 1876
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cádiz, Spain
Died: November 14, 1946

Spanish pianist Manuel de Falla, known for his musical nationalism, was one of the most influential composers of the 20th century. Born in Cádiz, Falla initially learned playing the piano from his mother, and later went to Madrid for further training. His work also took him to France and Argentina.

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Joaquín Rodrigo
(Spanish Composer and a Virtuoso Pianist Best Known for Composition 'Concierto de Aranjuez')
Joaquín Rodrigo
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Birthdate: November 22, 1901
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sagunto, Spain
Died: July 6, 1999

Joaquín Rodrigo was a Spanish composer and a virtuoso pianist best known for composing the Concierto de Aranjuez. He lost his sight as a child and was encouraged by his parents to study music. He excelled in his musical education and began composing in braille as a young man. In 1983, he was awarded the Premio Nacional de Música. 

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Alejandro Amenabar
(Director, Screenwriter and Composer)
Alejandro Amenabar
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Birthdate: March 31, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Santiago, Chile

Alejandro Amenabar is a Spanish-Chilean music composer, screenwriter, and film director. An influential and respected personality in the Spanish film industry, Amenabar has won nine Goya Awards and two European Film Awards among many other prestigious awards. 

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Enrique Granados
(Spanish Pianist and Composer Known for His Works: ‘Goyescas’, ‘Spanish Dances’, and ‘María del Carmen’)
Enrique Granados
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Birthdate: July 27, 1867
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lleida, Spain
Died: March 24, 1916

Spanish pianist and composer Enrique Granados gained fame with his nationalistic music. He is remembered for his iconic work Goyescas, which premiered as an opera in New York. Granados lost his life when the ship he was traveling to England in drowned after being torpedoed by a German submarine.

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Jordi Savall
(Composer, Musicologist, Conductor, Viol player)
Jordi Savall
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Birthdate: August 1, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Igualada
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Fernando Sor
(Spanish Classical Guitarist and Composer of the Early Romantic Era)
Fernando Sor
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Birthdate: February 14, 1778
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain
Died: July 10, 1839

Fernando Sor was a Spanish composer and classical guitarist best remembered for writing solo classical guitar music. Widely regarded as the best classical guitarist of his generation, Fernando Sor also composed an opera, two ballets, and three symphonies. Many of his works have been studied by students and guitar enthusiasts all over the world.

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Dani Martín
(Singer, Actor)
Dani Martín
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Birthdate: February 19, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
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Pablo de Sarasate
(Former violin virtuoso, composer and conductor of the Romantic period)
Pablo de Sarasate
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Birthdate: March 10, 1844
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pamplona, Spain
Died: September 20, 1908

Pablo de Sarasate was a Spanish violin virtuoso, composer, and conductor active during the Romantic period. He was a musical prodigy and gave his first public concert at the age of eight. He grew up to have a successful career and performed mainly opera fantasies. The Spanish Dances and the Carmen Fantasy are among his masterpieces. 

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Plácido Domingo Jr.
(Singer-songwriter)
Plácido Domingo Jr.
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Birthdate: October 21, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
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Zorion Eguileor
(Actor, Composer)
Zorion Eguileor
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Birthdate: March 15, 1946
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mundaka, Spain
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Tomas Luis De Victoria
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Birthdate: 1548 AD
Birthplace: Sanchidrián, Spain
Died: August 20, 1611

One of the most influential 16th-century composers, Tomas Luis De Victoria had begun as a choirboy. He went to Rome on a grant from Spain’s King Philip II and later became a Catholic priest. A skilled singer and organist, too, he developed the concertato style of the Franco-Netherlandish school.

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Ruth Lorenzo
(Singer)
Ruth Lorenzo
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Birthdate: November 10, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Murcia, Spain
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Gabi Delgado-López
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Birthdate: April 18, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Córdoba, Spain
Died: March 22, 2020
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Alicia de Larrocha
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Birthdate: May 23, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain
Died: September 25, 2009
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Federico Mompou
(Composer)
Federico Mompou
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Birthdate: April 16, 1893
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain
Died: June 30, 1987
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Maria Malibran
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Birthdate: March 24, 1808
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 23, 1836
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Narciso García Yepes
(Spanish musician)
Narciso García Yepes
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Birthdate: November 14, 1927
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lorca, Spain
Died: May 3, 1997

Narciso García Yepes was a Spanish guitarist best remembered for his work with conductor and pianist Ataúlfo Argenta. Yepes is credited with popularizing a classical guitar concerto named Concierto de Aranjuez. Over the years, Narciso García Yepes went on to become one of the 20th century's finest virtuoso classical guitarists.

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Antonio Soler
(Spanish Composer Best Known for His Many Mostly One-Movement 'Keyboard Sonatas')
Antonio Soler
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Birthdate: December 3, 1729
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Olot, Spain
Died: December 20, 1783

Eighteenth-century Catalan Spanish composer Antonio Soler is remembered for his church music. Educated at a choir school, he later became a teacher of the organ and the harpsichord for the royal family. A master of Baroque music, he also invented the keyboard instrument afinador and penned works on music theory.

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Joaquín Turina
(Composer)
Joaquín Turina
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Birthdate: December 9, 1882
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sevilla, Spain
Died: January 14, 1949
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Vicente Amigo
(Composer)
Vicente Amigo
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Birthdate: March 25, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Guadalcanal

Vicente Amigo is a Spanish flamenco guitarist and composer whose album Ciudad de las Ideas was named the Best Flamenco Album at the 2001 Latin Grammy Awards. The album was also named best Flamenco work at the 2002 Ondas Award. Vicente Amigo has worked as an accompanying guitarist for popular singers like Luis de Córdoba and Camarón de la Isla.  

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Manuel Alejandro
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Birthdate: February 21, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz, Andalucía, Spain
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Gaspar Sanz
(Composer, Guitarist)
Gaspar Sanz
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Birthdate: April 4, 1640
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Calanda, Bajo Aragón, Spain
Died: 1710 AD

Initially a theologian, Gaspar Sanz later went to Italy to study music and later also focused on literature. Best remembered for his works such as Instruccion de musica sobre la guitarra Espanola, he also developed the use of the classical guitar. He had also been an organist to the viceroy of Napoles.

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José María Cano
(Singer, Composer)
José María Cano
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Birthdate: February 21, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

José María Cano first came into prominence as part of the popular Spanish pop band Mecano. He later went back to his earlier passion of painting, which he had started to learn as an architecture student. As a contemporary artist, he has held exhibitions such as Apostolate and Game Changers.

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Paco Peña
(One of the World’s Foremost Traditional Flamenco Players and Composer)
Paco Peña
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Birthdate: June 1, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Córdoba, Spain

One of the world’s most significant flamenco musicians, Paco Peña is remembered for his albums such as Azahara and Flamenco. He has also collaborated with the likes of the Flamenco Dance Company and Argentine guitarist Eduardo Falu. Starting to play the guitar at 6, he began his musical career at a London restaurant.

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Cristóbal de Morales
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Birthdate: 1500 AD
Birthplace: Sevilla, Spain
Died: October 7, 1553
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Carlos Montoya
(Guitarist)
Carlos Montoya
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Birthdate: December 13, 1903
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: March 3, 1993

Largely known as the man whom popularized flamenco guitar as a mainstream and serious form of music for concert audiences, Carlos Montoya began his musical career playing at various Madrid cafes. He also became the first flamenco guitarist to have appeared as a soloist with popular orchestras.

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Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga
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Birthdate: January 27, 1806
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bilbao, Spain
Died: January 17, 1826
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Gaspar Cassadó
(Musician)
Gaspar Cassadó
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Birthdate: October 5, 1897
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain
Died: December 24, 1966
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Juan del Encina
(Composer)
Juan del Encina
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Birthdate: July 12, 1468
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: near Encinas, Spain
Died: 1529 AD

Juan del Encina is largely regarded as one of the pioneers of Spanish drama. He had been the court poet/dramatist for the Duke of Alba. Some of his best-known works were compiled in Cancionero. His églogas often dealt with mythological themes that were previously found in the Italian works.

Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
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Birthdate: September 15, 1933
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Burgos, Spain
Died: June 11, 2014
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Arianna Savall
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Birthdate: 1972 AD
Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland
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Ricardo Viñes
(Pianist, Composer)
Ricardo Viñes
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Birthdate: February 5, 1875
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lleida, Spain
Died: April 29, 1943
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Francisco Guerrero
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Birthdate: October 4, 1528
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Seville, Spain
Died: November 8, 1599
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Luis de Milán
(Composer)
Luis de Milán
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Birthdate: 1500 AD
Birthplace: Spain
Died: 1561 AD

Luis de Milán was the first to publish music on the vihuela, which is a Spanish version of the lute. His best-known work remains El Maestro, which was the first in a series of books on the vihuela. Some of his works were also dedicated to King John III of Portugal.

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Antonio de Cabezón
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Birthdate: March 30, 1510
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Castrillo Mota de Judíos, Spain
Died: March 26, 1566
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Manuel del Popolo García
(Singer and composer)
Manuel del Popolo García
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Birthdate: January 21, 1775
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sevilla, Spain
Died: June 9, 1832
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Celedonio Romero
(Guitarist)
Celedonio Romero
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Birthdate: March 2, 1913
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cienfuegos, Cuba
Died: May 8, 1996

Known as the man behind the formation of the Romeros guitar quartet, Celedonio Romero had begun playing the guitar at age 5. Apart from being a guitarist, he was a composer and poet, too. He later settled in the US with his family. He eventually lost his battle with lung cancer.

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El Principe Gitano
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Birthdate: April 7, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Valencia, Spain
Died: April 22, 2020
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Vicente Martín y Soler
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Birthdate: May 2, 1754
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Valencia, Spain
Died: January 30, 1806
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Felipe Pedrell
(Composer)
Felipe Pedrell
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Birthdate: February 19, 1841
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tortosa, Spain
Died: August 19, 1922

Initially a choirboy, Felipe Pedrell later became known as the founder of modern Spanish musicology. He was not just the first Spanish musician to develop traditional music but also the first Catalan Modernist musician to contribute to foreign music movements. His works include collections of operas and folk songs.

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Juan Cabanilles
(Organist)
Juan Cabanilles
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Birthdate: September 6, 1644
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Algemesi, Spain
Died: April 29, 1712
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Pablo Sciuto
(Musician)
Pablo Sciuto
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Birthdate: May 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Pablo Sciuto is an Uruguayan musician, poet, composer, and record producer. He has created a unique style of music that combines elements of indie pop, Jazz, Candombe, and Bossa Nova with an electronic sound. He began his career as a teenager and has collaborated with artists like  Jorge Drexler, Pablo Guerrero, Gustavo Pena, and Ana Prada.