Oreste Sindici

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Portrait of Oreste Sindici by Demetrio Paredes (ca.1870).

Oreste Sindici (May 31, 1828 – January 12, 1904) was an Italian-born Colombian musician and composer. He composed the music for the Colombian national anthem in 1887.

He was born in Ceccano (Province of Frosinone) and studied in the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia at Rome.

He arrived in Bogotá in 1863 as a singer with an opera company[1] and lived and worked as a musician in Colombia until his death. In 1887 he was asked to compose the music to a poem wrote by Rafael Núñez. The song was released on November 11, 1887 in commemoration of the Independence of Cartagena de Indias.[2] In 1920 this song officially became the Colombian national anthem.[3]

Oreste Sindici died in Bogotá on January 12, 1904 due to severe arteriosclerosis. In 1937 the Colombian government honored his memory.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Oreste Sindici" (in Italian). Cecano Online. Archived from the original on March 14, 2012. Retrieved October 18, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Himno Nacional de Colombia" (in Spanish). Presidencia de Colombia. Archived from the original on September 5, 2011. Retrieved October 18, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Ley 33 de 1920" (in Spanish). Congreso de Colombia. Archived from the original on March 14, 2012. Retrieved October 18, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Símbolos patrios de Colombia" (in Spanish). Presidencia de Colombia. Archived from the original on March 9, 2012. Retrieved November 1, 2010.