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Carlos de Seixas (Composer)

Born: 11th June 1704, Coimbra, Portugal

Died: 25th August 1742, Lisbon, Portugal

Nationality: Portuguese

José António Carlos de Seixas was a pre-eminent Portuguese composer of the 18th century. An accomplished virtuoso of both the organ and the harpsichord, Seixas succeeded his father as the organist for Coimbra Cathedral at the age of fourteen. In 1720, he departed for the capital, Lisbon, where he was to serve as the organist for the royal chapel, one of the highest offices for a musician in Portugal, a position which earned him a knighthood.

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