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Manuel Penella

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Manuel Penella

Biography

Manuel Penella (31 July 1880, Valencia, Spain,- 24 January 1939, Cuenavaca, Mexico) was a Spanish composer.

He studied with his father, composer Manuel Penella Raga, at the Valencia conservatory. At age 13, he performed a violin concerto at the Valencia conservatory. Soon thereafter, an accident impeded his ability to play.

Penella spent most of his life working with zarzuela and opera companies in Spain, Latin America, Cuba, the United States and Mexico. He also was director of the military band in Quito, Ecuador, for a time. He was famous as a composer of zarzuelas, his most popular being El Gato Montés, which was premiered in Valencia in 1916.


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