Blas Parera (1777–1840) was a Spanish music composer and teacher. He lived his part of his life in Buenos Aires.
He was born in Murcia, Spain to two Catalan parents. In 1797, he moved to Buenos Aires. He contributed in the defence of the port of Buenos Aires during the British invasions of the Río de la Plata. He composed the music of the Argentine National Anthem, written by Vicente López y Planes in 1813. It was known as the Marcha Patriotica.
On 14 October 1809, in the church of San Nicolás de Bari, he married one of his students, Facunda del Rey. She was a fifteen-year-old orphan who lived in the Home for the Founding Children, where she sang in the choir.
He went back to Spain briefly after, and died in Mataró in poverty on 7 January 1840.
Birth and Death Data: Born 1777 (Murcia), Died January 7th, 1840 (Mataró)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1903 - 1926
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||A-60||7-in.||6/8/1903||National hymn of Argentine Republic||Sig. Carlos Francisco||Baritone vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||B-60||10-in.||6/8/1903||National hymn of Argentine Republic||Sig. Carlos Francisco||Baritone vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||B-1839||10-in.||10/26/1904||National hymn of Argentine Republic||Arthur Pryor's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-2714||10-in.||8/4/1905||National hymn of Argentine Republic||Sig. Carlos Francisco||Baritone vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||C-3722||12-in.||8/3/1906||Himno nacional argentino||Alfredo Eusebio de Gobbi ; Flora Rodríguez de Gobbi||Female-male vocal duet, with piano||composer|
|Victor||A-776 [Latin America 'A-' series]||12-in.||4/1/1910||Himno nacional argentino||Juan Aldea ; E. Gil Quesada||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||A-786 [Latin America 'A-' series]||12-in.||4/2/1910||Himno nacional argentino||Orquesta de la Sociedad Orquestal||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BAVE-794||10-in.||Spring 1926||Himno nacional argentino||Luis Calusio ; Orquesta del Teatro Colón [Buenos Aires]||Instrumental ensemble||composer|
|Columbia||55444||10-in.||between 1905 and 1919||Himno nacional argentino||Banda de la Policía de Buenos Aires||Band||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Parera, Blas," accessed August 8, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107388.
Parera, Blas. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 8, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107388.
"Parera, Blas." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 8 August 2020.
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