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Antonio Molina (composer)

Antonio Molina (26 December 1894 – 29 January 1980) was a Filipino composer,
Antonio J. Molina
conductor and music administrator. He was named a National Artist of the
Philippines for his services to music. He was also known as the Claude Debussy of Born December 26,
the Philippines due to his use ofimpressionism in music. 1894[1]:147[2]
Quiapo, Manila,
Captaincy General of
the Philippines
Contents Died January 29, 1980
Early life (aged 85)[2]
Musical career Nationality Filipino
Occupation Composer, conductor
References and music
Known for Ana Maria, Hatinggabi
Early life
Molina was born in Quiapo, Manila, the son of Juan Molina, a government official,
who founded the Molina Orchestra.[1]:147 He attended the Escuela Catolica de
Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno in Quiapo, Manila, and college at San Juan De Letran
where he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1909.
National Artist of the

Musical career
Molina made his first composition in 1912 titled Matinal, which is preserved in an unpublished volume called Miniaturas, Vol.
1.[1]:147 He was appointed to teach harmony, composition, music history, and violincello at the UP Conservatory of Music, pursuing
a career in music education until being appointed dean of the Centro Escolar Conservatory of Music. He founded the CEU String
Quartet which was professionally organized and financed by its music school.

As a composer Molina is credited with over 500 compositions.

Molina stated in his interview conducted by Helen F. Samson that his music was usually inspired by literature, with his favorite being
La Novia Muerta by Ruben Daria.[1]:146 lulu

1. Samson, Helen (1976).Contemporary Filipino Composers. Quezon City: Manlapaz Publishing Company
2. "Antonio J. Molina: 'Dean of Filipino Composers
' " (‘dean-of-filipi
no-composers’). Inquirer News. Retrieved 22 April 2015.

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