Emilio Agramonte y Piña
(Camagüey 1844 - La Habana 1918)
Pianist and professor of singing. He was born in Camagüey,
in November 28th, 1844. In 1865 he graduated in Spain
as Licentiate in Laws and made musical studies, later
perfected in Italy and France. In 1893 he founded the
School of Opera and Oratorio, in New York, where he
directed for fifteen years the Gounod Society.
Martí comissioned Maestro Agramonte to make
public a chant of war which had been kept and transmited
by low voice from a Cuban generation to another. The
hymn La Bayamesa, Agramonte´s
version for voice and piano, was published in Patria,
in June, 25th, 1892.
In 1902, once settled the Republic, he came back to
Cuba, and inaugurated the Chaminade Choir Society in
Havana. He was professor in the Municipal Academy of
Music of the capital.
He died in Havana in December 31st, 1918.