Additional Cornejo scores for UP Music Library

  • The University of the Philippines receives a more substantial donation of music scores by Dr. Rodolfo S. Cornejo (1909-1991) on 22 May 2014 from his sons Rodrigo and Renato. This donation is the second batch containing manuscripts such as original compositions Princess Malindig Symphonic Suite (1939), Piano Quintet (1941), Concerto for Contrabass (n.d.), Taurus: Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra. Many pieces in short forms such as Piano Concerto No.3, Okaka (1941), Caprice a Folk Song (1973), Nocturne in G major (1936), and Kandingan (1974), among many others.

    Earlier Dr. Cornejo's son, Rod had donated the authograph score of Piano Concerto in D minor (1933) which was Dr. Cornejo's graduation thesis for his Master of Music degree in Chicago Musical College.

    Dr. Rodolfo S. Cornejo received his Teacher's Diploma in both piano and composition from the UP Conservatory of Music in 1930. He studied piano under Dr. Francisco Santiago, theory and harmony under Nicanor Abelardo, and composition from the Viennese-trained Alexander Lippay, the founder of the Manila symphony Orchestra (1926) who was then the director of the UP Conservatory of Music.

    Dr. Rodolfo S. Cornejo also studied in Eastman School of Music and in Juilliard School of Music. He earned his PhD music composition from neotarian College in Kansas City in 1947.

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