Alejandro Vega Matus
He was born in Masaya on August 17, 1875 and tied there on November 26, 1938 after living there for most of his life. After receiving lessons from his father and his uncle, who is sometimes credited with having written the music to the national anthem, he composed his first piece called "Amelia" at the age of 9. While still in his teens, he left for Guatemala to study harmony, composition, and rhythm under the Italian master, Juan Aberle. He returned and formed an orchestra which was President Zelaya's favorite for all government functions and then went on to glory in all of the major cities of Nicaragua. His most well known work was called "Noche de Navidad" (Christmas Night) but he not only wrote religious pieces but romantic, modernist, common, and even sensual works such as those epitomized by Alejandro Brian and Hugo Mariani. As the first author of the Nicaraguan sound, he is a pioneer.
A section of his "Son de Toros" (Sound of Bulls):
A la pobre Mamá Ramona
la gran vaina le pasó
por andar de chimbarona
una chanca le mordió.
Luis A. Delgadillo
He was born in Managua on August 26, 1887 and died there on December 20, 1961. Many hail him as the best representative of non-traditional music in Nicaragua. He proved to be very talented, even when very young, and President Zelaya sent him to Milan on a scholarship when he was 19 and he studied there for six years learning composition, piano, orchestral direction, and receiving fame and honors. Opon his return to Nicaragua, he founded the National School of Music and the Symphony Orchestra. He worked there for several years before moving to Mexico to work and then finally making a grand tour and playing all over the Americas. He was very interested in folklore and this interest is revealed in many of his themes although he also worked on the classic, romantic, and modernist themes. His three most important works were: the "Suite Diciembre", folklore themes about the Immaculate Conception; "Sinfonia Hispanica" (Spanish Symphony), a vivid and energetic piece about traditional Nicaraguan culture; and "Suite Salvadorena", which contains ideas common to all of Central America.
Although his mother was from Jinotega and his father from Chinandega, he was born in Managua on September 25, 1917 and still lives in Chinandega where he moved after the 1972 earthquake in Managua. He still writes beautiful compositions and his songs are often sung including his favorites, "Solar de Monimbo" and "Cara al Sol." The words from one of his works:
Viajamos persiquiendo una ilusión
la fe y la esperanza nos faltó
supimos resignarnos al dolor
y a vivir sin odios ni rencor.
Si acaso me llamaras por amor
o acaso sospechare donde estás
luchando contra el mundo y viendo a Dios
iría tras el eco de tu voz
el sol de mi esperanza lo tendré en tu amor...