Valencia , 6 de gener de 1938
Composer and musical director
He was admitted to the Escola Municipal de Música in Valencia and studied under Manuel Penella i Raga, Robert Segura and Salvador Giner. After a brief stint as a pianist in the city’s cafés, in 1880 he focused on teaching while actively participating in the Valencian Renaixença Cultural, collaborating with Lo Rat Penat.
In 1884 he moved to Madrid and joined the company of the Teatro de la Zarzuela as its musical director. With this company, he toured the main theatres of the Iberian Peninsula for ten years. In 1896 he returned to Valencia and joined the company of Teatre de la Princesa, where he was able to achieve his goal of creating a specifically Valencian lyrical theatre. From 1905 to 1915 he directed the Russafa Theater and in 1916 he returned to the Princesa, leaving the theatre altogether in 1917.
He composed over 80 zarzuelas, sainetes and revues, often writing also their libretti. Some examples are La Chent de Tró (1898), Les Barraques (1899) and Las Carceleras (1901). He also composed some songs and Quinze estudis per a piano.