The National Anthem a singing for dominican
Paraphrasing one of the dominican republic independence founders, the national hero, juan pablo duarte, “working for the fatherland is not only working for ourselves but for future generations”. A feeling that, as a patriotic symbol, inspires one of the most rooted standards for dominican citizenship, its national anthem.
At the 2012 Olympic Games, the award ceremony in which the Dominican athlete Felix Sanchez was awarded with gold medal was adorned with the beautiful compasses of this piece, whose verses are systematically repeated while hoisting the national flag at the beginning of each school day or in any solemn act. That day the Dominican anthem was present in front of thousands of spectators from all over the world. Very few know that the musical partiture has its origin in the composer José Reyes skills and sensitivity who after listening to the Argentine national anthem, wanted to make an analogous composition and asked his friend, the poet Emilio Prud’Homme, for the verses that would accompany its rhythmic cadence. The stanzas composed by César Nicolás Penson, Francisco Henríquez y Carvajal, José Dubeau and José Joaquín Pérez also joined the pentagram. Son of Rafael Reyes, a humble retailer and Maria Merced Siancas, José Reyes lived for a long time in a shack on the current street Arzobispo Nouel. As soldier in the third campaign for the Independence, he studied music with the military band director, Juan Bautista Alfonseca. It was there where he learned to play in a self-taught way, several musical instruments, especially the cello. Mazurka, waltzes, double steps are part of the creative Reyes repertoire who also wrote secular and religious music, largely unpublished. His timid character and strong self-criticism disallowed himself from making them known beyond a few masses. The Dominican national anthem case was an exception to his introvert personality. At an honorable ceremony held at La Esperanza lodge, in commemoration of the Restoration of the Republic 20th anniversary in 1883, the piece was officially presented for first time. It would take another year to hear it again in public. This time was at La República theater, which paid tribute to Juan Pablo Duarte, whose mortal remains came to the country from Venezuela, to be deposited in a solemn manner. In 1885, it received public acceptance when maestro Betances’ military band played it in the Plaza de la Catedral.
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