Famous Filipino Composers

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Which composer's works were known for incorporating elements of Kundiman?

Ernani Cuenco

Who among the Filipino composers was known for his portrayal of Cio-cio San in Madame Butterfly?

Jovita Fuentes

Which composer's major works include 'Ashen Wings', 'Sikhay sa Kabila ng Paalam', and 'Pamugun'?

Francisco Feliciano

Who was the conductor of the Philippine Army Band?

Antonio Buenaventura

Which composer's works were based on Philippine folksongs?

Antonio Buenaventura

Who established the Artists' Guild of the Philippines?

Jovita Fuentes

Who is recognized as the only man who could play music with a leaf in the Guinness Book of World Records?

Levi Celerio

Who is credited with fusing Filipino ethnic music with Western musical influences?

Lucrecia R. Kasilag

Which composer is known for introducing the pentatonic scale, whole tone scale, linear counterpoints, and the use of dominant ninths and eleventh chords in Philippine music?

Antonio J. Molina

Who is the founder of the world-renowned University of the Philippines Madrigal Singers?

Andrea Veneracion

Who is known for conducting research and fieldwork on Filipino traditional music?

Jose Maceda

Who is a Filipino composer, musicologist, and ethnomusicologist who was made a Chevalier de I’Orde des Arts et Lettres in 1987?

Ramon P. Santos

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Composers and Musicians

  • Antonino Buenaventura (1904-1996) composed marches like "Triumphal March" and "Ode to Freedom", and was a conductor of the Philippine Army Band.
  • Ernani Cuenco (1936-1988) wrote songs like "Bato sa Buhangin" and "Gaano Kita Kamahal", which brought Filipino music to a higher level.
  • Francisco Feliciano (1941-2014) used modal scales in his operas and orchestral works, and incorporated indigenous music in his compositions.

Musicians and Conductors

  • Jovita Fuentes (1895-1978) portrayed Cio-cio San in Giacomo Puccini's Madame Butterfly in Italy and established the Artists' Guild of the Philippines.
  • Jose Maceda (1917-2004) researched and recorded Filipino traditional music, contributing to a better understanding of Philippine ethnic and traditional music.
  • Lucio San Pedro (1913-2002) composed "Sa Ugoy ng Duyan" and "Sa Mahal Kong Bayan", and conducted several bands, promoting civic culture in Filipino communities.

Awards and Recognition

  • Levi Celerio (1910-2002) holds a Guinness World Record for playing music with a leaf and earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Film Academy of the Philippines.
  • Felipe Padilla de Leon (1912-1992) wrote songs that expressed Filipino sentiments and aspirations during times of strife and peace.

Fusing Western and Filipino Music

  • Lucrecia R. Kasilag (1918-2008) fused Filipino ethnic music with Western musical influences and incorporated indigenous instruments in orchestral works.
  • Antonio J. Molina (1894-1980) introduced the pentatonic scale, whole tone scale, and linear counterpoints to Philippine music.
  • Ramon P. Santos (1941-) advocates for modern Philippine music based on early Asian practices and way of life.

Choral Music

  • Andrea Veneracion (1928-2013) founded the Philippine Madrigal Singers, which won the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing twice, and developed Philippine choral music.

Test your knowledge of two renowned Filipino composers, Antonino Buenaventura and Ernani Cuenco, and their notable works. Learn about their contributions to Philippine music and culture. Identify their popular compositions and marches.

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