Pomales, Raúl

Danza composer Raúl Pomales was born on 2 December 1918 in Caguas, Puerto Rico. He showed an early interest in and great talent for music, especially the danza genre.

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Although he started out teaching himself to play the piano, Pomales later did take lessons. He also had training in music theory and danza composition. In 1961, Pomales enrolled in the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico, training under Professor Héctor Campos Parsi and others.

As a composer, his work has consisted almost exclusively of danzas. His first two dedicated to his his two daughters and many others submitted to the famous danza music competition sponsored by the Círculo de Recreo de San Germán and the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña. Pomales has won many of these competitions since 1967.

The Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña has released a recording of some of his work composed before 1981. Perfomed by noted Puerto Rican pianist Luz Negrón de Hutchinson, many of the danzas were prize winners in the San Germán competitions, including “Nostalgia”, “En tu ausencia”, “Sublimación” and “Recordación”.

Pomales continues composing danzas today.