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Oreste Sindici Topai

Oreste Sindici (May 31, 1828 – January 12, 1904) was an Italian-born Colombian musician and composer. He composed the music for the Colombian national anthem in 1887.

He was born in Ceccano (Province of Frosinone) and studied in the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia at Rome.

He arrived in Bogotá in 1863 as a singer with an opera company and lived and worked as a musician in Colombia until his death. In 1887 he was asked to compose the music to a poem written by Rafael Núñez. The song was released on November 11, 1887 in commemoration of the Independence of Cartagena de Indias. In 1920 this song officially became the Colombian national anthem.

Oreste Sindici died in Bogotá on January 12, 1904 due to severe arteriosclerosis. In 1937 the Colombian government honored his memory.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 21st, 1828 (Ceccano), Died January 12th, 1905 (Bogota)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1910 - 1928

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-9076 10-in. 6/9/1910 De la república de Colombia Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor BVE-37326 10-in. 12/23/1926 Himno nacional de Colombia Tito Schipa Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-37327 10-in. 12/23/1926 Himno nacional de Colombia Tito Schipa Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-43373 10-in. 3/19/1928 Himno nacional de Colombia International Band Band composer  
Victor L-450 10-in. 11/10/1913 Himno nacional de Colombia Ferrucio Benincore ; Helio Cavanzo ; Ignacio Gómez ; Carlos Lozano Male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 4720 10-in. ca. 1910 Himno nacional de Colombia Lira Antioqueña String band composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Sindici Topai, Oreste," accessed October 26, 2020,

Sindici Topai, Oreste. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 26, 2020, from

"Sindici Topai, Oreste." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 26 October 2020.

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