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Figueroa, Jesús

Figueroa was born on 17 April 1878 in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. Orphaned at age 4, he was taught music by Aguadilla musician Jose Lequerica. His early adolescent years years were spent training for orchestral music playing his instrument of choice, the clarinet.

As a youth he knew Angel Mislan, Juan Morel Campos and other composers, whose tradition and style he helped pass on to future generations. He developed into a magnificent orchestrator of the works of Manuel Gregorio Tavarez, Angel Mislan, José Quinton, and many more danza composers.

He himself composed works in many genres, including zarzuela, danza, lied, chamber and sacred music. In 1967, the Catholic University of Puerto Rico bestowed an honorary degree for his contribution to Puerto Rican music. Figueroa was an active band leader, directing the Insular Police Band, among others. He founded the WIPR Symphony Orchestra. He was also the patriarch of the highly regarded musical family: Los Figueroas, who have toured as a quintet throughout the world.

Figueroa pased away on 11 April 1971.

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