José Bernardo Alzedo
José Bernardo Alcedo (August 20, 1788 – December 28, 1878) was a Peruvian composer.
Alcedo was born in Lima, Peru. He studied music at the Convento de San Agustín and, at 18 years of age, composed the Misa en Re Mayor (Mass in D Major). In 1806 he was Dominican friar, but his behaviour in this religious Order was relaxed.
Alcedo was the winner of an 1821 contest sponsored by General José de San Martín to choose a himno nacional (national anthem) for Peru. This anthem was "Somos libres, seámoslo siempre," to words by José de la Torre Ugarte.
In 1822 Alcedo went to Chile as a soldier in a military band. In Santiago de Chile he left the military and dedicated himself to music. In 1833 he entered the choir of the Cathedral of Santiago. In 1846 he became kapellmeister. He resided in Chile for 40 years, returning to Peru in 1864. He became director of the Peruvian military band and president of the Philharmonic. He spent the last years of his life in Peru. He wrote the book Filosofía Elemental de la Música (Elementary Philosophy of Music) (1869), where he explored the subject of the music of the Quechuas. He composed folk songs, numerous religious works, and military music.
Birth and Death Data: Born August 20th, 1788 (Lima), Died Lima
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1908 - 1928
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-36011||10-in.||7/30/1926||Himno nacional del Perú||Coro de Hombres ; Antonio P. Utrera||Male vocal chorus and soloist, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||L-190||10-in.||9/9/1913||Himno nacional del Perú||Banda de la Escuela Correccional de Lima||Band||composer|
|Victor||G-2314||10-in.||8/29/1917||Himno nacional peruano||Banda del Batallón Gendarmes No. 1||Band||composer|
|Victor||G-2430||10-in.||9/16/1917||Himno nacional del Perú||Coro de la Sociedad "G. Verdi"||Mixed vocal chorus, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||5444||10-in.||approximately 1901-1908||Himno nacional del Peru||Curti's Band||Band||composer|
|Brunswick||E28884||10-in.||12/8/1928||Himno nacional de Peru||Orquesta Peruana de Daniel A. Robles||Orchestra||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Alzedo, José Bernardo," accessed October 26, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100204.
Alzedo, José Bernardo. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 26, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100204.
"Alzedo, José Bernardo." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 26 October 2020.
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