Portuguese composer José António Carlos de Seixas was born in Coimbra on 11 June 1704 into a musical family.
He worked as a cathedral organist and later as court harpsichordist and organist in Lisbon.
Carlos Seixas died in Lisbon on 25 August 1742, aged thirty-eight. Much of his huge output was destroyed in the 1755 Lisbon earthquake.
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