Alfredo Santos Buenaventura

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Alfredo Santos Buenaventura was born in Sta. Maria, Bulacan on 14 October 1929. His parents unconsciously provided him the musical atmosphere.

At an early age in grade school, he became a member of a band that marched the town because of his fascination with trumpets and trombones. During the pre-war, he became one of the twenty boy sopranos of Tiples at Sto. Domingo Church. They were given first class musical training. At that time, he also wrote his first composition which was a Danza.

Bueneventura also had formal music lessons. At the age of 12 to 13, he already arranged and conducted band in his hometown. He was an official organist of the Manila Cathedral from 1960. He also became a member of the League of Filipino Composers and received numerous outstanding awards in music industry such as the Republic Cultural Heritage Awards that he won twice.

He is among the few composers in the Philippines who composed five full-length operas. He has his own set of ideas about music and composition. He created a combination of contemporary and conventional, kept his melodies simple and understandable but he used contemporary harmonies to suit the intellectuals.


  • Samson, Helen F. Contemporary Filipino Composers. Quezon City: Manlapaz Publishing Company, 1976.



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