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Name: Maurice Ohana  
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Date of Birth: 12th June 1914
Place of Birth: Casablanca, Morocco
Profession: Composer
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Maurice Ohana (died June 12, 1914 in Casablanca, Morocco; died November 13, 1992 in Paris) was a French composer of Spanish origin.

Ohana originally studied architecture, but abandoned this in favour of a musical career, initially as a pianist. He studied under Alfredo Casella in Rome, returning to France in 1946. Around this time he founded the "Groupe Zodiaque", which fought against prevailing musical dogma. His mature musical style shows the influence of Mediterranean folk music, particularly the Andalusian cante jondo.

Ohana's output includes the choral works Office des Oracles and Avoaha (1992), three string quartets (1963, 1980, 1989), and two suites for ten-string guitar: Si le jour paraƮt... (1963) and Cadran lunaire (1981-2), as well as a Tiento (1957) for six-string guitar.

Although he was born in Morocco and lived in France from the 1930s onwards, Ohana was a British citizen until 1976, since his father had been born in Gibraltar, a British possession.

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