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N.Y. Encyclopedia of Famous Puerto Ricans    

                       Braulio Dueño Colón


He was born in San Juan three years before Juan Morel Campos, on March 26, 1854. His father was a well known musician who encouraged on his son great musical appreciation and aspirations.

Between the ages of 14 and 23, he dedicated his time to the creation of danceable music and regional pieces. His first triumph took place in 1877 during his participation in a musical contest sponsored by "The Puerto Rican Ateneo" where he won the first prize . After that, his great talent moved him to win many other musical contests.

The most important contribution of Braulio Dueño Colón to our culture is the collections of songs, with letter of Virgilio Dávila and Manuel Fernandez Juncos, which music he composed specially for the Puerto Rican Schools. In this collection  named “Melodías” , appeared for the first time one of his most famous compositions "Tierruca".

In addition to composer and musician he was an excellent musicologist, leaving us an interesting study on of the Puerto Rican “Danza” which is one of the most reliable sources for the study of this gender.

He died in Bayamón in 1934.  Where he resided and practiced most of his life.


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                            Friday July 09, 2004