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Carlos Seixas

José António Carlos de Seixas, (11 June 1704 – 25 August 1742), was a Portuguese composer.Seixas was born in Coimbra.Hesucceeded his father as organist in 1718 at age fourteen, and two years later moved to Lisbon,where he gaveharpsichordlessons and met Domenico Scarlatti who was living in Portugal from 1721 to 1728. It is claimed thatwhen the king'sson, DomAntónio, arranged for Scarlatti to give Seixas harpsichord lessons, Scarlatti replied that it was Seixaswho should givehimlessons. Seixas later became organist in the court chapel and Lisbon cathedral as well as court composer.He wa ...read more

José António Carlos de Seixas, (11 June 1704 – 25 August 1742), was a Portuguese composer.Seixas was born in Coimbra.Hesucceeded his father as organist in 1718 at age fourteen, and two years later moved to Lisbon,where he gaveharpsichordlessons and met Domenico Scarlatti who was living in Portugal from 1721 to 1728. It is claimed thatwhen the king'sson, DomAntónio, arranged for Scarlatti to give Seixas harpsichord lessons, Scarlatti replied that it was Seixaswho should givehimlessons. Seixas later became organist in the court chapel and Lisbon cathedral as well as court composer.He was knightedin1738 by John V of Portugal. He died in Lisbon.Seixas was influenced by the German Empfindsamer Stil (literally 'sensitivestyle').Much of his work was destroyed in theearthquake that devastated Lisbon in 1755. Only three orchestral pieces andaround 100keyboard sonatas survived, plus ahandful of choral works for liturgical use (much more conservative than what onewouldexpect from his instrumental music). « hide

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