José Padilla (composer)

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José Padilla Sánchez (28 May 1889 in Almería – 25 October 1960 in Madrid), popularly known as Maestro Padilla was a famous Spanish composer and pianist.[1] He was best known for the songs "La Violetera" and "El Relicario", composed for the tonadilla singer Raquel Meller, and the pasodoble song "Valencia".

He became famous in France as he composed songs for the Moulin Rouge, like "Ça c'est Paris". "La Violetera" was adapted by Charlie Chaplin for the sound track of City Lights (1931).[2]

Commemorative plaque 10, rue Pergolèse in Paris

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "José Padilla". External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ "Chaplin as a composer". Archived from the original on 2011-07-05.