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Catalan composer and conductor Fernando Obradors was born in Barcelona in 1897. His teachers were his mother Julia, Lluis Millet and Joan Lamote de Grignon, but Antonio Nicolau is also credited with giving him compositional advice. He later studied in Paris, then regularly conducted in Barcelona after the Spanish Civil War.
Later he was conductor of the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria (1944-5), and taught at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Canarias, Las Palmas.
He is best known for his Canciones clásicas españolas (1921-41), four volumes of arrangements of Spanish poetry, and particularly for the first volume, which takes the form of a song cycle, and contains a poem by his friend, Federico García Lorca. He also wrote several zaruelas, and an orchestral work inspired by Kipling's Jungle Book stories.
Obradors died in Barcelona in 1945.
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