Cenobio Paniagua

Cenobio Paniagua y Vásques (September 30, 1821, Tlalpujahua, Michoacán – November 2, 1882, Córdoba, Veracruz) was a Mexican composer.

Cenobio Paniagua (1821–1882)

Paniagua completed his studies in violin and became the Second Conductor of the Cathedral Orchestra of Mexico City. He founded a music academy in the city. Later, he lived in Havana, and after 1868, in Córdoba.

He composed several operas, including Catalina de Guisa which was the first Mexican opera seria, the oratorio Tobías, as well as seventy masses, and also produced writings on music theory.


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