Jose Maceda

Jose Maceda
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Jose Maceda (January 31, 1917)

Today, January 31, is the 106th birth anniversary of National Artist Jose M. Maceda.

Jose Maceda, composer, musicologist, teacher, and performer, explored the musicality of the Filipino deeply. Maceda embarked on a life-long dedication to the understanding and popularization of Filipino traditional music. Maceda’s research and fieldwork have resulted in the collection of an immense number of recorded music taken from the remotest mountain villages and farthest island communities. He wrote papers that enlightened scholars, both Filipino and foreign, about the nature of Philippine traditional and ethnic music. Maceda’s experimentation also freed Filipino musical expression from a strictly Eurocentric mold.

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