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Filipino Composers and Their Biographies

Filipino Composers and Their Biographies

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Nicanor Abelardo
 
Born:
1893-02-07
Birthplace:
San Miguel, Bulacan
Died:
1934-03-21
Race:
Asian
Field:
Composer
Famous for:
 
Kundiman songs
 Nicanor Abelardo is a Filipino composer who composed over a hundred of Kundiman Songsespecially before and during the World War II.Born in San Miguel de Mayumo (now is San Miguel, Bulacan in February 7, 1893, Nicanor Sta.Ana Abelardo was introduced to music when he was five years old, when his father taught himthe solfeggio and the banduria. At the age of 8, he was able to compose his first work, a waltzentitled "Ang Unang Buko," which was dedicated to his grandmother. At the age of 13, he wasalready playing at saloons and cabarets in Manila. At age 15, he was already teaching in barrioschools in San Ildefonso and San Miguel Bulacan. All of these happened even before youngAbelardo finally took up courses under Guy F. Harrison and Robert Schofield at the UPConservatory of Music in 1916. By 1924, following a teacher 
s certificate in science andcomposition received in 1921, he was appointed head of the composition department at theConservatory. Years later, he ran a boarding school for young musicians, and among his studentswere National Artist Antonino Buenaventura, Alfredo Lozano and Lucino Sacramento. In thefield of composition he is known for his redefinition of the kundiman, bringing the genre to art-song status. Among his works were "Nasaan Ka Irog," "Magbalik Ka Hirang," and "Himutok."He died in 1934 at the age of 41, leaving a prolific collection of more than 140 works.As a composition major at the University of the Philippines, he also composed the melody for the university's official anthem, U.P. Naming Mahal.The building housing the College of Music in UP Diliman (Abelardo Hall) is named in hishonor.
 
 
L
evi CelerioBorn:
April 30, 1910
Birthplace:
Tondo, Manila
Died:
April 2, 2002
Race:
Asian
Field:
Composer
Levi Celerio is a Filipino composer and lyricist, born on April 30, 1910 in Tondo, Manila,Philippines. He received a free education to the Academy of Music in Manila and became theyoungest affiliate of the Manila Symphony Orchestra. He was a creative songwriter, with morethan 4,000 songs to his acclaim including Filipino folk, Christmas, and love songs that are popular pieces, which many consider to be immortal.Famous for being a lyricist, his songs treasure life; express nationalistic sentiments and completegrand philosophies. At one instance or another, no Filipino can miss the song or lyrics of Levi'sChristmas songs namely
 Pasko na Naman
,
 Ang Pasko ay Sumapit 
, and
 Misa de Gallo
.He is probably best recognized for being a leaf-player, an achievement where he was place intothe Guinness Book of World Records.He wrote a huge number of songs for local movies, which gained him the Lifetime AchievementAward of the Film Academy of the Philippines.He was awarded as National Artist of the Philippines for Music in 1997. He died on April 2,2002.
 
 
Ryan CayabyabBorn:
May 4, 1954
Birthplace:
Manila
Race:
Asian
Field:
Composer
Warmly known as Mr. C, born Raymundo Cipriano Pujante Cayabyab on May 4, 1954 inManila, Philippines. Ryan's mother was an opera singer; she died when he was only 6, while hisfather fight to sustain him and his three siblings. His mother's wish was that no one of her children would make music as a line of work; knowing how tough life is for a musician withinsufficient income.Ryan Cayabyab firstly took up Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in the Universityof the Philippines, Diliman. But at the same moment, he searched for an employment to sustainhis studies, and sooner join with then-Senator Salvador Laurel as accompanist for theDevelopment Bank of the Philippines (DBP) Chorale Ensemble. Noting his incomparable abilityon the piano, the Senator presented him a scholarship that would allow Ryan to alter his courseand hold learning in music.Cayabyab afterward graduated from the UP College of Music earning a Bachelor of Music,Major in Composition degree. Following that, he became a complete professor for theDepartment of Composition and Music Theory in the UP Diliman for about two decades.At the twist of the century, he was about to take his family and transfer abroad, but when presented by Danding Cojuangco, President of the San Miguel Corporation, a authority post thatwould give him full way in producing and performing new music that would carry out a newwave to the Philippine music scene, he acknowledged the proposal.Ryan Cayabyab is a prominent Filipino musician and the existing Executive and Artistic Director of the San Miguel Foundation for the Performing Arts. His works vary from specially made full-length ballets, theater musicals, choral pieces, a crowd set to unaccompanied chorus, andorchestral pieces, to salable recordings of popular composition, film scores and televisionspecials. Now, he is presently in his 7th year as Executive and Artistic Director of the San MiguelFoundation for the Performing Arts.

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