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Pablo de Sarasate


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Pablo Martín Melitón de Sarasate y Navascués (March 10, 1844 - September 28, 1908, pronounced Sah-ra-SAH-teh), was a Spanish violin virtuoso and composer of the Romantic period.

Pablo Sarasate was born in Pamplona, Spain, the son of an artillery bandmaster. He began studying the violin with his father at the age of five and later took lessons from a local teacher but his musical talent became evident early on and he appeared in his first public concert in La Coruña at the age of eight. His performance was well-received, and caught the attention of a wealthy patron who provided the funding for Sarasate to study under Manuel Rodríguez Saez in Madrid where he gained the favor of Queen Isabel II. Later, as his abilities developed, he was sent to study under Delfín Alard at the Paris Conservatoire at the age of twelve. There, at seventeen, Sarasate entered a competition for the coveted Premier Prix and won his first prize, the Conservatoire’s highest honor.

Sarasate made his debut as a concert violinist in 1860, and played in London the following year. Over the course of his career, he toured many parts of the world, performing in Europe, North America, and South America. His artistic pre-eminence was due principally to the purity of his tone, which was free from any tendency towards the sentimental or rhapsodic, and to that impressive facility of execution that made him a virtuoso.


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  • FauveTerror

    It should be "Carmen Fantasy, Op. 25" I think

    5 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Murriacumulada


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  • Ahotep

    Yes because he is still amazing !

    19 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Epicat

    165 Years old & still touring.

    13 Jun 2009 Reply
  • RodWillLeeds

    Sarasate gran compositor y virtuoso al momento de tomar su violin Hasta donde recuerdo este contaba con dos Stradivarius que afortunado, ya quisiera yo uno aunque sea para tenerlo en casa o venderlo ya que no toco el violin... mmmm que mal

    23 Jul 2008 Reply

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