Juan de Sahagun Concepcion Hernandez
June 12, 1881 - February 10, 1945
Birth Place: Sampaloc, Manila
Father: Isidoro Hernandez
Mother: Josefa Concepcion
Juan de Sahagun Hernandez, only child of Isidoro Hernandez and Josefa Concepcion, was born on June 12, 1881. His birthday coincided with the Feast of San Juan de Sahagun, an Austin friar born in Sahagun in the Kingdom of Castille, Spain.
He graduated with a law degree in 1901 from the Escuela de Derechos, the law college which was later integrated into the University of Santo Tomas. However, he never took the bar exams and pursued music, his true passion. At the age of seventeen, he began to play at the Bohemian Club and composed his first of fifteen waltzes at just eighteen years of age. He was later referred to as the “Johann Strauss of the Philippines.”
Hernandez, a bachelor of music degree holder from the UP Conservatory of Music, has composed a total of fifteen waltzes, fifteen kundimans, about eight orchestral arrangements, about fourteen songs (music and lyrics by Juan himself), six religious manuscripts, three marches, a number of operettas, a concerto, several piano arrangements and his three chamber music masterpieces. He wrote the zarzuelas “Minda,” “Lukso ng Dugo,” and “Ang Puso ng Isang Pilipina.” He was also a well-known teacher and conductor.
He has done much in the preservation and development of Philippine music, along with other reputable figures in the field like Francisco Santiago, Nicanor Abelardo, Francisco Buencamino, Jose A. Estella, and Antonio J. Molina. Among his many compositions are “Simoun,” an overture; “Piano Concerto in D Minor”; “Auras del Terruno,” for violin, violoncello, and piano; “Tanging Ligaya Ko,” a kundiman; and “Ulila sa Pag-ibig,” a danza.