Lucio D. San Pedro

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Lucio D. San Pedro was a Filipino composer known for his popular lullaby Sa Ugoy ng Duyan (in collaboration with Levi Celerio) and the symphonic poem Lahing Kayumanggi.

He was born in Angono, Rizal on 11 February 1913. When he was five years old, his brother Antonio Luna taught him to play the octavina and banduria. At the young age he was the band-leader of banda de voca, their musical instruments are sort of things, such as kerosene covers and sardine cans. His father also taught him the solfeggio lessons and on how to play the clarinet and saxophone. He was also exposed to other instruments. He bacame the director of the Angono Church Choir in his late teens. He made his first composition when he was in Grade VII, he extemporized that work through the medium bajo.

In 1938, he completed a Teacher's Diploma in Composition and Conducting at the UP Conservatory of Music. He joined the UP-ROTC Band and also conducted the Angono Band. He was also commissioned third lieutenant in the reserved forces after a military training at Camp Dau. He became band instructor at the Ateneo de Manila and in 1940 an assistant instructor at the UP. During the war years, he was assistant conductor and became conductor of the Musical Philippines Philharmonic Orchestra and also the musical director of Dramatic Philippines. In 1943 to 1944, he headed the Composition Department of Centro Escolar University. He composed original background music for several motion pictures with Fernando Poe Sr Productions. Conducting the Peng Kong Grand Mason Concert Band for years is an interesting highlight to his musical activities.

President Corazon C. Aquino proclaimed Lucio D. San Pedro a National Artist of the Philippines for Music in 9 May 1991.


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