Antonio Literes

Antoni de Literes (18 June 1673 Majorca  – 18 January 1747 Madrid), also known as Antonio de Literes or Antoni Literes Carrión) was a Spanish composer of zarzuelas. As with other national forms of baroque opera, Literes's stage works employ a wide variety of musical forms – arias, ariettas and recitative (accompanied and unaccompanied) as well as dance movements and choruses, though here mingled with spoken verse dialogue. His use of the orchestra follows French and Italian practice in including guitars, lutes, and harpsichords amongst the continuo instruments.

From 1693, after the exile of his predecessor Sebastián Durón, Literes became the Master of the Capilla Real of Madrid, playing the bass viol and soon being accounted the greatest Spanish court composer of his time.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 18th, 1673 (Artà), Died January 18th, 1747 (Madrid)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1937

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-017092 10-in. 11/19/1937 Aria de Acis y Galatea Lucrezia Bori ; George Copeland Soprano vocal solo, with piano composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Literes, Antonio," accessed July 24, 2021,

Literes, Antonio. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 24, 2021, from

"Literes, Antonio." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 24 July 2021.

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