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Joaquín Valverde

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Date of birth

Feb 27, 1846

Date of death

Mar 17, 1910

"A zarzuela operetta composer, he introduced the género chico or little genre alongside Federico Chueca which saved stage music after the 1868 crisis that left Madrid’ theatres empty."

He was born in Badajoz in 1846 and was the father of the composer Joaquín ‘Quinito’ Valverde. As a child he played in military bands, to then take up the flute and study composition at the Madrid Conservatoire. He won the Society for the Arts Award in 1871 and, from that moment on, started his composing career for the theatre. Working alongside Federico Chueca, Tomás Bretón, Julián Romea, Ragel and his own son, Quinito, he composed over two hundred zarzuelas. He died in Madrid on 17th March 1910.

Essential works

  • 'La Gran Vía' © EFE

    La Gran Vía

    For years, the composers Federico Chueca and Joaquín Valverde collaborated creating several zarzuelas and sainetes (short sketches) from the popular music style known as género chico.

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Other highlighted works

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