Antonio Francisco Javier José Soler Ramos, usually known today as Padre Antonio Soler, (baptized December 3, 1729 - died December 20, 1783) 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. Padre Soler's most celebrated works are his keyboard sonatas, which are comparable to those by Domenico Scarlatti (with whom he is rumored to have studied). However, Soler's works are more varied in form than Scarlatti's with some pieces in three or four movements, for example (Scarlatti's are in one or two movements). Fortunately, Soler's sonatas were catalogued in the early twentieth century by Fr. Samuel Rubio and so all have 'R' numbers assigned to them.
Soler also wrote concertos, quintets for organ and strings, motets, masses and pieces for solo organ. His treatise Llave de la modulación (1762) is on modulation.
Soler's very fine 'Six Concertos for Two Organs' are still very much in the repertoire and have been often recorded. A fandango once attributed to Soler, and probably more often performed than any other work by him, is now thought by some to be of doubtful authorship.
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