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Vicente Martín y Soler

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Vicente Martín y Soler


Vicente Martín y Soler (2 May 1754, Valencia, Spain – 30 January 1806, St. Petersburg, Russia) was a Spanish composer of opera and ballet.

Although relatively obscure now, in his own day he was compared favorably with his contemporary, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as a composer of opera buffa. In his time he was called "Martini lo spagnuolo" ("Martini the Spaniard"); in modern times, he has been called "the Valencian Mozart".

Although born in Spain, he studied in Italy, then worked in Italy, Vienna and Russia.

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