JOSÉ PABLO MONCAYO (1912 - 1958)
José Pablo Moncayo was born in Guadalajara in 1912 and died in 1958 in Mexico City. He studied at the National Conservatory and privately, and worked as a jazz pianist to earn money. His brief but infectiously joyful Huapango, one of the most celebrated of Mexican compositions, was written in 1941, and dedicated to the state of Veracruz. The material for the work came from a visit Moncayo made with fellow composer Blas Galindo to Alvarado, in order to collect folk music; huapango is a dance belonging to the son huasteco style, and there are a number of variations of it, for variously sized groups of musicians from a trio up to a mariachi band.