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Francisco Alonso

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Francisco Alonso


Francisco Alonso Lopez (9 May 1887, Granada, Spain – 19 May 1948, Madrid, Spain) was a Spanish composer and conductor.

Alonso was conductor of a military band at the age of 18 and composed the paso doble Pólvora sin humo for that band. In 1919, he composed the pasodoble La Banderita, which became extremely popular with Spanish soldiers fighting in North Africa.

He was well known as composer of zarzuelas, the popular Spanish musical comedies, and composed a total of about 60 stage works. Most of his pasodobles are extracted from those zarzuelas.

Alonso was not primarily known as a composer of band music, but he arranged many works for band and was associated with the Municipal Band of Madrid for over 50 years.

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