Sebastián Raval

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Born: ca. 1550

Died: 1604


Born in Cartagena (Spain), he served as a soldier of the Spanish army in Flanders and Sicily. He joined the order of St. John of Jerusalem after being wounded in the siege of Maastricht. As a musician, he served in the court of Francesco Maria della Rovere in Rome.

On 28 April 1595 he took the post of maestro di capella of the royal chapel in Palermo.

In Sicily, he challenged Achile Falcone to a musical competition, that was decided in favour of Raval after some appeals. Falcone's father published the pieces object of the competition including several, canons, madrigals, motets and ricercares.

Raval died in Palermo (Sicily) in 1604

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  • Il primo libro di canzonette a quattro voci (Venice: Vincenti, 1593)
  • Il primo libro de madrigali a cinque voci (Venice: Vincenti, 1593)
  • Motectorum quinque vocum liber primus (Rome: Coattino, 1593)
  • Lamentationes Hieremiae prophetae quinque vocum (Rome: Mutii, 1594)
  • Madrigali a tre voci (Rome: Mutii, 1595)
  • Il primo libro di ricercari a quatro voci (Palermo: Franceschi, 1596)
  • Motecta selecta organo accomodata (Palermo: Franceschi, 1600)


  • "Achile Falcone-Madrigali, Mottetti e Ricercari" (Includes pieces of Raval). Leo S. Olschki Editore. (Firenze, 2000)
  • "Sebastián Raval. 6 Canones (IL Primo Libro di Ricercari. Palermo 1596)" Sociedad Española de Musicología, Madrid 1985.
  • "Sebastián Raval. Il Primo Libro di Ricercari a Quatro Voci Cantabili, per liuti, cimbali et viole d'arco. Palermo, 1596." Edited by Andrés Cea Galán. Patrimonio Musical Español, Fundación Caja Madrid (Madrid, 2008).
  • "Three ensemble ricercars in four parts from Il primo libro de canzonette, 1593" edited by Milton Swenson.Ottawa: Dovehouse Editions, 1981.

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