José Ignacio Quintón

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José Ignacio Quintón (born February 1, 1881 in Caguas , † December 19, 1925 in Coamo ) was a Puerto Rican composer and pianist.

Quinton had his first music lessons from his father, the composer and organist Juan Bautista Quinton y Luzon, and was then a student of the composer and pianist Ernesto del Castillo . He gave his first concert at the age of seven, and at the age of eleven he performed as the piano accompanist of the Cuban violinist Brindis de Salas . He led various orchestras, gave piano and violin lessons and, as early as 1920, performed works by Claude Debussy , Maurice Ravel and Arnold Schönberg , which at the time were hardly known in the Caribbean.

In addition to danzas such as Confía , Mi estrella and Amor Imposible , Quintón also composed waltzes, marches, nocturnes and church music. He dedicated a Misa de Réquiem to the memory of the composer Ángel Mislán . He has received prizes at national composition competitions for the Cuarteto para instrumentos de cuerda , Variaciones sobre un tema de Hummel , the Obertura and Marcha triunfal .