Ramos, Adolfo Heraclio

Born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico on April 20, 1837, the son of Juan Inés Ramos, a music performer and teacher. His father was his first music teacher but Ramos later studied under Adolfo Heraclio Ramos, a German music professor in Aguadilla.

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Ramos distinguished himself quickly as a composer. At the age of 17, he received the first place award at the Puerto Rican Exhibition and Fair in San Juan in 1854. He was one of the first to introduce the works of Liszt, Chopin, Mendelssohn and Schumman to Puerto Rico.

He was also one of the first composers of the danza as a local music genre. Most of his compositions had a regional character. He also composed many chamber music pieces, all in the tradition of the romantic school of classical music. Two rhapsodies and the “Sonata in the Bemol for Piano” are particularly noteworthy. He remained active as a music teacher and orchestral pianist util his death on April 22, 1891.