Teobaldo Power

Teobaldo Power y Lugo-Viña was born in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 1848. As a child he was a prodigal composer and pianist, taking the intellectuals of his time by surprise. In Barcelona, he studied as a disciple of Gabriel Balart, and later pursued his music studies in Paris. His musical career began at the age of 18 when he started to travel the world, taking him to Cuba, Madrid, Lisbon, Madeira and Malaga. During a break on the Island where he was born, he composed the Cantos Canarios (Canarian Songs), which became one of the most transcendental pieces of music in Canarian Culture by adapting fragments of the islands' more traditional elements to classical music. The significance of this work within the Canarian identity is so great that the anthem for the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands is based on the melody of the Arrorró tune from Teobaldo Power's Cantos Canarios. In 1882, Power successfully passed an official exam to become a professor of piano at the Madrid School of Music and the second organ player in the Royal Chapel. He suffered from tuberculosis and died the following year at the age of 36.