- Robert Stevenson
(b S Juan de las Abadesas, nr Ripoll, Sept 8, 1824; d Bayside, NY, July 18, 1908). Catalan composer . He was a choirboy at Barcelona Cathedral from 1833 to 1840 and later studied briefly in Italy with Mercadante. On returning to Catalonia, he conducted local orchestras at Sabadel and Tarrasa and composed church music and dance music until becoming a military reservist in 1845. In 1851 he was sent to Havana as director of the band of the Queen’s Regiment with a commission to organize Cuban military bands on the same model. In 1854 the Mexican president Santa Anna invited him to Mexico City with the rank of infantry captain. On 6 May 1854 Santa Anna initiated a competition for new music to fit the text of the national anthem written in November 1853 by Francisco González Bocanegra. The judges, all native Mexicans, awarded first prize to Nuno’s anonymously submitted music on ...