|English: The Borinquenian|
Colonial anthem of Puerto Rico
|Lyrics||Manuel Fernández Juncos, 1901|
|Music||Félix Astol Artés, 1867|
|Adopted||1952 (as instrumental)|
|Readopted||1977 (with lyrics)|
"La Borinqueña" (instrumental)
After Puerto Rico became "The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico" in 1952, the first elected governor, Luis Muñoz Marín, signed law #2 of July 24, 1952 that made an altered version of the musical composition known as "La Borinqueña" its colonial anthem. The words that go with the composition were approved by governor Carlos Romero Barceló on July 27, 1977, law #123.
The title refers to the aboriginal Taíno name for the island of Puerto Rico, Borinquén.
The music was originally credited to Félix Astol Artés in 1867 as a habanera danza, with romantic lyrics, but there is some evidence that Francisco Ramírez, a native of San Germán, wrote the music in 1860, and named it "La Almojábana". In 1868, Lola Rodríguez de Tió wrote a poem in support of the Puerto Rican revolution, which was set to the Ramirez/Astol Artés music. In fear of investigation by the Spanish insular government, Ramirez asked Astól to claim authorship of the music since he was a native of Catalonia and would, therefore, raise no suspicion.
After the cession of the island to the United States, the popular revolutionary lyrics of Lola Rodríguez de Tío were deemed too subversive for official adoption; therefore, a non-confrontational set of lyrics were written in 1903 by Asturias-born Manuel Fernández Juncos. The tune was officially adopted as the colony's anthem in 1952 by governor Luis Muñoz Marín, and the words were adopted in 1977 by governor Carlos Romero Barceló.
The colonial version is played as a slow march, without the original tune's initial paseo. Per the request of the new government, Ramón Collado rearranged the music in 1952 into a more military tune. Luis Miranda, the musical director of Puerto Rico's 65th Infantry Regiment Band, adapted the tune to be played as a march in 1922. The 1977 law that adopted the words as an anthem merely stated that the anthem be played as a march, the tempo vaguely described as being in a "martial manner", but established no official arrangement for the music. An official revision made in 2003 leaves the tune as a march.
In 2012, Dr. Yajaira Sierra Sastre, an aspiring astronaut, collaborated in a variety of projects with the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network and the Cornell Nanoscale Facility, which included writing the smallest "national" anthem ever written, "La Borinqueña Más Pequeña".
Colonial anthem of Puerto Rico
(lyrics by Manuel Fernández Juncos, 1903)
Original 1868 revolutionary version by Lola Rodríguez de Tío
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