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ANTONIO SOLER  

(1729 - 1783)

The Catalan composer Antonio Soler had his early musical education at Montserrat. In 1752 he joined the Jeronymite order at the Escorial, where he became maestro de capilla. He was able to study with Domenico Scarlatti in Madrid and became involved in some controversy with his important book on modulation, Llave de la modulación (‘Key to Modulation’), which laid down the principles of modulation and how to shift from one key to another. His interest in the theory and history of music was considerable and was coupled with an enthusiasm for other branches of learning, including mathematics. He was also employed as a consultant on the construction of new organs.

Keyboard Music

Soler is principally known for his many keyboard sonatas, of which he wrote about 120. In some of these, typical Spanish rhythms and turns of phrase appear.

Instrumental Music

Soler’s six quintets for string quartet and organ and his six concertos for two organs form the body of his surviving chamber music.

Vocal and Choral Music

Soler contributed in particular to the Spanish religious villancico, of which he wrote 132. There are also settings of the Mass and a setting of the Lamentations for solo soprano with cello, double bass and continuo. He wrote three gypsy villancicos that have particular appeal.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
ALBENIZ / SOLER / DE FALLA / GRANADOS: Piano Espanol Cedille
CDR90000-075
Instrumental
Art and Music: Goya - Music of His Time Naxos
8.558178
Instrumental
HARPSICHORD (Eternal) Naxos
8.572184
Instrumental
SOLER, A.: Keyboard Sonatas Nos. 1-15 (Filjak) Naxos
8.572515
Instrumental
SOLER, A.: Keyboard Sonatas Nos. 16-27 (Shimkus) Naxos
8.572516
Instrumental
SOLER, A.: Keyboard Sonatas Nos. 28-41 (Zhdanov) Naxos
8.573084
Instrumental
SOLER, A.: Sonatas for Harpsichord, Vol. 1 Naxos
8.553462
Instrumental
SOLER, A.: Sonatas for Harpsichord, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.553463
Instrumental
SOLER, A.: Sonatas for Harpsichord, Vol. 3 Naxos
8.553464
Instrumental
SOLER, A.: Sonatas for Harpsichord, Vol. 4 Naxos
8.553465
Instrumental
SOLER, A.: Sonatas for Harpsichord, Vol. 5 Naxos
8.554434
Instrumental
SOLER, A.: Sonatas for Harpsichord, Vol. 6 Naxos
8.554565
Instrumental
SOLER, A.: Sonatas for Harpsichord, Vol. 7 Naxos
8.554566
Instrumental
SOLER, A.: Sonatas for Harpsichord, Vol. 8 Naxos
8.555031
Instrumental
SOLER, A.: Sonatas for Harpsichord, Vol. 9 Naxos
8.555032
Instrumental
SOLER, A.: Sonatas for Harpsichord, Vol. 10 Naxos
8.557137
Instrumental
SOLER, A.: Sonatas for Harpsichord, Vol. 11 Naxos
8.557640
Instrumental
SOLER, A.: Sonatas for Harpsichord, Vol. 12 Naxos
8.557937
Instrumental
SOLER, A.: Sonatas for Harpsichord, Vol. 13 Naxos
8.570292
Instrumental
SOLER: Harpsichord Sonatas, Vol. II Cedille
CDR90000-009
Instrumental
SOLER: Keyboard Sonatas / Fandango, Vol. 1 Cedille
CDR90000-004
Instrumental
SOLER: Quintets for Harpsichord and Strings Cedille
CDR90000-013
Chamber Music
SOLER: Quintets for Harpsichord and Strings Cedille
CDR90000-030
Chamber Music
WOMEN AT THE PIANO - AN ANTHOLOGY OF HISTORIC PERFORMANCES, Vol. 3 (1928-1954) Naxos Historical
8.111217
Instrumental




 
 
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