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Joaquín Turina

  • Joaquín Turina © EFE

    Joaquín Turina © EFE






Date of birth

Dec 9, 1882

Date of death

Jan 14, 1949

" Composer. With Falla and Esplá, he produced some of the finest examples of Spanish symphony music at the beginning of the 20th century, following the path started by Isaac Albéniz."

Born in Seville in 1882, he was the son of the painter of Italian extraction of the same name. In 1905 he travelled to Paris, where he studied piano with Moritz Moszkowski and composition at the Schola Cantorum de Vincent d'Indy. In Paris he met Albéniz, Dukas, Ángel Barrios and Manuel de Falla. He performed as a pianist and enjoyed great national and international successes as a composer. Turina worked in various genres: from orchestral music and chamber music to compositions for solo piano. His musical language features the abundant harmonies and modal scales typical of Andalusian folklore, as well as a certain influence from French music. He died in Madrid in January 1949.

Essential works

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    Sevilla op.2 

    Titled ‘Picturesque Suite’, this second composition from his youth already contains the features that distinguished the later work of Seville composer, Joaquín Turina.

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Other highlighted works

  • Sevillian Symphony
  • Symphonic Rhapsody
  • Margot
  • Jardín de Oriente

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