José Padilla (composer)

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For the Spanish disc jockey, see José Padilla (DJ).

José Padilla Sánchez, (Almería, 23 May 1889 – Madrid, 25 October 1960), 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]

Valencia (1927)


  1. ^ "José Padilla". 
  2. ^ "Chaplin as a composer".