Madera, Simón

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Simon Madera was born in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico on April 28, 1875. His father was his first music teacher and by the age of 12, he performed his first concert for which he had composed a waltz entitled “Juanita”. By age 16, he became the band leader for the Mayagüez Fireman’s Band.

Madera was an excellent musician and his compositions were distinguisehed in their use of the violin and clarinet. His best and most popular composition was “Mis Amores” which he composed at age 18. In addition to danzas, he composed waltzes and works for chamber music.

Madera lived his last years in Guayama and died there on August 18, 1957.