2019 August 25: Padre Soler

August 26, 2019 10:30

Sonata No. 48     A. Soler (1729–1783) [ORGAN]

"There's a Wideness To God's Mercy"

Improvisation

Antonio Soler was a Spanish composer whose works span the late Baroque and early Classical music eras. He is best known for his keyboard sonatas, an important contribution to the harpsichord, fortepiano and organ repertoire.

Soler was born in Catalonia, Spain. When he was six years old he entered the school at the Monastery of Montserrat where he studied music. At age 15 he was simultaneously appointed organist and subdeacon at the Cathedral of La Seu d'Urgell. Later in life he was chapel master in Lleida and at the Royal Court in El Escorial. He is also thought to have studied music with Domenico Scarlatti.

At the age of 23 Soler took holy orders and embarked on an extremely busy routine as a Hieronymite (a hermit monk) in Madrid with 20-hour workdays, in the course of which he produced more than 500 compositions. Among these were around 150 keyboard sonatas, many believed to have been written for his pupil, the Infante Don Gabriel, son of King Carlos III.

Soler died in the monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial age 54.

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