Rafael Petitón Guzmán Collection

Held by the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, Dominican Archives, The City College of New York

Overview

Arrangement

Biographical Note

Scope and Content

Related Information

Use of Records

Administrative Information

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Detailed Description


Overview of the Records

Repository:

CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, Dominican Archives, The City College of New York

160 Convent Avenue at 138th St.

NAC 2/202

New York, NY 10031

Summary:
Composer, conductor, band leader, music teacher, pianist, percussionist, and songwriter Rafael Petitón Guzmán was born on January 29, 1894 in Salcedo, Dominican Republic. Trained in his native Dominican Republic as well as in Puerto Rico and at the Julliard School of Music in New York, Petitón Guzmán finally settled in New York City in 1935. Petitón Guzmán dedicated his career to composing in a variety of Latin American popular styles including merengue, variations of son, criolla, rumba, guaracha, danzón, tango, and porro. The collection consists of music scores, lyrics, sound recordings, music publications and compositions, personal documents, photographs, and memorabilia.
Creator:
Petitón Guzmán, Rafael, 1894-1983
Title:
Rafael Petitón Guzmán Collection
Quantity:
8.1 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
circa 1900-1982
Series Number:
DSI_Petiton_Guzman
Sponsor:
This collection description was enhanced as a part of Ventana Al Pasado: Building a Latino/Hispanic Online Research Collection. The New York State Archives and Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños received funding for this project from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into 5 series:

Series I: Musical Scores

Series II: Practice Notebooks

Series III: Photographs

Series IV: Sound Recordings

Series V: Music Publications and Compositions by Others

Biographical Sketch

Composer, conductor, band leader, music teacher, pianist, percussionist, and songwriter Rafael Petitón Guzmán was born on January 29, 1894 in Salcedo, Dominican Republic. Petitón was an early music star in the Dominican Republic, ultimately winning a scholarship that allowed him to study in Puerto Rico around 1916. While there, he trained under Ponceño composer Julio Carlos de Arteaga and the Catalan master of religious compositions, Ramon Morlá Trenchs. In New York, Petitón also studied under the pathbreaking conductor Leopold Stokowski.

After completing his studies in Puerto Rico, Petitón Guzmán joined the Rafael Muñoz Orchestra, traveling throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. He also taught music in San Juan, married his first of three wives, and had two children, Rafael and Ana. After around 23 years in Puerto Rico, Petitón finally established himself in New York City by the late 1930s and became known as one of the first musicians to bring merengue to the city. In New York, he played piano with other orchestras and bands and also organized his own orchestra, Lira Dominicana. Beginning in the late 1920s, he increasingly devoted himself to composition. Petitón was influenced by European and North American popular music of the day such as the foxtrot, waltz, and pasodoble as well Latin beats with Cuban, Dominican, Colombian, Puerto Rican, Peruvian, Argentine, and other origins.

By the late 1960s, the aging Petitón gave private music lessons and arranged and composed music for other musicians. He died on December 14, 1983 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Scope and Content Note

The Rafael Petitón Guzmán Collection consists of original music scores, music compositions, photographs, music publications, audiotapes, and sound recordings created or collected by Rafael Petitón Guzmán.

Related Information

Other finding aids

A Spanish version of this finding aid is available.

Use of Records

Access Restrictions

Except for copyrighted materials owned by others, there are no restrictions for the use of this collection.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Donation of Angelina McKenna, John Petitón, and James Petitón

Access Terms

Personal Name(s):

Petitón Guzmán, Rafael, 1894-1983

Subject(s):

Music from the Dominican Republic

Boleros (Music)

Waltzes

Pasodobles

Merengue

Merengues

Foxtrots

Mambos (Music)

Popular music--Dominican Republic

Rumbas

Hispanic Americans--Music

Dominican Americans--New York (State)--New York--Music

Tangos

Arts and Culture

Detailed Description

Note: These records are held by the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, Dominican Archives, The City College of New York

Series I: Musical Scores
Dates: 1927-1989
Physical Description: 6.5 cubic feet
Scope and Content Note:

Series I consists of musical scores composed or arranged by Rafael Petitón Guzmán.

Arrangement: Series I is arranged alphabetically by song title.


Dates Contents Box Folder
undated Alcoholizado (Son) 1 1
Nuestro nido (Criolla) 1 1
Absurdo 1 2
1935 July 14 Adita (Danza) 1 3
Alborada de amor 1 4
1943 April 4 Al fin será (Bolero) 1 5
Alma de borinquen (Danza) 1 6
1958 November 23 Alma venezolana 1 7
1958 May 4 América 1 8
Amor (Love) (Pasillo) 1 9
A Mis padres 1 10
1940-1975 Amor fugaz (Foxtrot) 1 11
Misterio oriental (Foxtrot) 1 11
Lucky me, lovable you (Foxtrot) 1 11
1939 Amor sediente (Vals) 1 12
1945 April Amor tupío 1 13
La tambora quisqueyana 1 13
El gato negro (Guaracha) 1 13
Amor y pasión (Merengue) 1 14
Amparo (Vals) 1 15
Serena por Juan Francisco García (Serenata) 1 15
1955 November 24 Andaluzadas para Dobo 1 16
Ángeles (Vals) 1 17
Anna 1 18
Aquella fe Perdida (Bolero) 1 19
Insomio (Bolero) 1 19
Aquella noche (Criolla/ Barcarola Tropical) 1 20
Aquella tarde (Criolla) 1 21
Palomita blanca 1 21
Astroz 1 22
1928 Aun te quiero (Vals) 1 22
Aún vive ese amor (Danza) 1 23
Ayer, hoy y mañana (Danza) 1 24
Baila nena (Son) 1 25
Bairoa (Bolero) 1 26
Bambalán (Guaracha/Danzón) 1 27
1941 Rumba corazón 1 27
1937 May Bella cubana (Danzón) 1 28
Bésame (Bolero) 1 29
Noches panameñas (Marcha) 1 29
Bésame y bríndame 1 30
Besarte 1 31
Besito de amor 1 32
Besos by Don César Concepción (Bolero) 1 33
Bilongo by Rodríguez Fiffe (Guaracha-son) 1 34
Pan con lengua 1 34
Blanca nieve 1 35
Blen, blan, blan 1 36
Fado Caixa guitarra (Fado) 1 36
Bombón (Pachanga) 1 37
Bongo Beater (Rumba) 1 38
Buche y pluma 1 39
Busco una mujer (Rumba) 1 40
Caliéntame 2 41
De ti a mí 2 41
Capricho de Nelly (Danzón) 2 42
Caprichoso (Vals) 2 43
Caridad (Rumba/ Guaracha) 2 44
Cariñosa (Danza) 2 45
Carolito (Rumba) 2 46
Carretera Duarte (Merengue) 2 47
Mi cielo 2 47
Claveles rojos (Pasodoble) 2 47
Bésame aquí (Bolero) 2 47
Que cosas tienes 2 47
Celosa (Bolero) 2 47
Chiquita 2 48
Cielo de Susua (Merengue) 2 49
Ciegos de Medellín (Pasillo) 2 50
Cinturita no má (Danzón) 2 51
One hour with you 2 51
Claveles rojos (Pasodoble) 2 52
1940-1975 Clavijo (Marcha) 2 53
1958 Club Azalea By Mercedes Safredo de Pomar (Merengue) 2 54
Colas el sonero (Son Congo) 2 55
Perfume de gardenia by Hernández 2 55
1969 February 25 Como antes para Chula Guerrero 2 56
Presentimiento (Bolero) 2 56
Espimita by Nico Jiménez (Bolero-mambo) 2 56
Cachita by R. Hernández (Rumba) 2 57
¿Cómo podrá vivir? (Danzón) 2 58
Como tú (Danza) 2 59
My love (One Step) 2 59
Como tú digas 2 60
Como una bendición (Bolero-canción) 2 61
Compasión (Danza) 2 62
El retorno (Danza) 2 62
Conchita (Danza) 2 63
Amor bandito by Juan Ríos Ovalle (Danza) 2 63
Conga fobia 2 64
Conozco esa letra 2 65
Danza incaica 2 65
Corazón (Rumba) 2 66
Crepúsculo (Vals) 2 67
Cruel destino (Bolero) 2 68
¿Cuál? 2 69
Cuando de mi te acuerdes (Bolero) 2 70
Cuando Maite te quería (Tango) 2 71
Cubita eterna (Danzón) 2 72
Cup (Bolero) 2 73
Delirio (Bolero) 2 74
Derecho viejo (Tango) 3 75
Desesperanza 3 76
Desgraciadito (Tango) 3 77
Desorientado 3 78
Dignidad (Bolero) 3 79
Dime por Dios (Vals) 3 80
Dolor cobarde (Bolero) 3 81
Don Joaquín (Pasodoble) 3 82
Dos Almas (Criolla) 3 83
Dos Caprichos (Vals) 3 84
Dulce recuerdo (Danza) 3 85
No era amor (Danza) 3 86
Eclipse 3 87
Ecos de España (Pasodoble) 3 88
Galleguito (Pasodoble) 3 89
Efluvios de los sombras by Doña Eva Dueña 3 90
El aceite Essoluble 3 91
1939-1975 El amor sincero 3 92
La negra Quirima 3 92
La ruñidera 3 92
El bailarín de moda (Rumba) 3 93
El baile del sillón 3 94
No me engañes corazón 3 94
El cementerio 3 95
El caribeño (Danzón) 3 96
El crimen de tu vida 3 97
El cumbanilero 3 98
El domador (Danzón) 3 99
El ganso blanco (Pasodoble) 3 100
Rosalía (Danza) 3 100
El gato negro (Guaracha) 3 101
El ¡C! ¡C! (Pasillo) 3 102
El llorón (Merengue) 3 103
El marinero 3 104
Corazones Partidos 3 104
El merengue en NY (Merengue) 3 105
El murciélago (Rumba) 3 106
El negro Simus (Danzón) 3 107
Vibraciones (Danzón) 3 107
Salcedo (Pasodoble) 3 107
El oldsmovile (Son) 3 108
1939 El prado 3 109
Elsa (Danza) 3 110
El retorno 3 111
El revolú 3 112
Compadre Baitolo 3 113
El último almendro (Danza) 3 114
El vago (Rumba) 3 115
En Yoro (Son afro) 3 116
Esa carita 3 117
Esa karita (Rumba) 3 118
Espíritu (Porro) 3 119
Está cojío (Danzón) 3 120
Eso hay que verlo (Guaracha) 3 121
1956 Eso me gusto (Son-Montuno) by Lucia Martínez Figueroa 3 122
Éxtasis de amor (Danza) 3 123
Gané tu corazón (Bolero/Rumba) 4 124
Gibarita (Rumba) 4 125
Good Little Boy Little you (Foxtrot) 4 126
Gracioso (Danzón) 4 127
Guarda el Silencio 4 128
La guía 4 130
Habanera 4 131
1930 April 18 Happy days are here again (Foxtrot) 4 132
Himno chileno (Himno) 4 133
Himno venezolano (Himno) 4 134
Ilusiones perdidas 4 135
1933 January 24-1938 May Incaica (Danza) 4 136
Morisca 4 136
Incertidumbre 4 137
1959 September 16 Inesperadamente (Danza) By Bartola Álvarez 4 138
1932 April 29 Inocencia (Bolero) 4 139
Insomnio (Bolero) 4 140
Irum (Pasodoble) 4 141
Jaragua (Danza) 4 142
1954 Jalaito (Jaleo) Luis Kalaff 4 143
José Colomer (Criolla) 4 144
José Torres 4 145
Un tipo moderno 4 145
La amada prohibida (Criolla) 5 146
La bronca (Guaracha) 5 147
La cruz (Merengue) Folklore dominicano 5 146
1927 May 4 La Cuchi (Danza) 5 147
La curia (Danza) 5 148
1949 June 13 La grifa (Son Mambo and Guaracha) 5 149
La jeringa 5 150
La mendiga (Tango) 5 151
1958 August 3 Lamento quisqueyano 5 152
La mulata rumbera 5 153
La nena (Criolla) 5 154
La niña del rancho 5 155
Pachulín 5 155
Las mellizas 5 155
El mismo cuento 5 155
1928 March 4 La pelota (Guaracha) 5 156
La Peniche 5 157
La pollita forrada 5 158
La salve campesina 5 159
Las mellizas de Mendiaca 5 160
Las violetas y tú (Bolero) 5 161
La tambora quisqueyana (Merengue) 5 162
1942 La trompetilla, lyrics by E. Santos and music by Oliver Vallace 5 163
Lejos de ti (Potpurrí) 5 164
Lo siento por ti (Potpurrí) 5 164
Sin tu amor (Potpurrí) 5 164
Margie (Potpurrí) 5 164
Falsa (Potpurrí) 5 164
Desesperadamente (Potpurrí) 5 164
Mi pensamiento (Potpurrí) 5 164
Cuqui (Potpurrí) 5 164
1942 Llegó la bomba 5 165
Llora mujer (Criolla) 5 166
Lo que soñé (Bolero) 5 167
Loreta (Merengue) 5 168
Los invertidos (Danzón) 5 169
Los mameyes 5 170
Los ojos de ella (Danza) 5 171
Luna sobre jaragua (Bolero) 5 172


Series II: Practice Notebooks
Dates: circa 1920s-1971
Physical Description: 0.5 cubic foot
Scope and Content Note:

Series II consists of Rafael Petitón Guzmán’s music composition practice notebooks. Some of the books may belong to former students of Petitón.



Dates Contents Folder
circa 1920s-1971 Practice Notebook 1
circa 1920s-1971 Practice Notebook 1
circa 1920s-1971 Practice Notebook 1
circa 1971 Practice Notebook 1
circa 1929 Practice Notebook under tutelage of Ramon Morlá 1


Series III: Photographs
Dates: circa 1900-1982
Physical Description: 0.10 cubic foot
Scope and Content Note:

Series III contains 59 photographs.

Arrangement: Series III is arranged in chronological order.


Dates Contents Folder
Men, cats and rooster in Puerto Rico 1
Men, woman and cats in Puerto Rico 1
Relatives in front of house 1
Foursome in apartment pose 1
Petitón and two women in the Caribbean 1
Black and white portrait of woman I 1
Black and white portrait of woman II 1
Portrait of elderly woman I 1
Portrait of elderly woman II 1
Group photo of four women 1
Husband and wife in Salcedo, Dominican Republic 1
Man in countryside 1
Woman and leaves 1
David’s Communion 1
Anthony’s Communion 1
circa 1900 Adolescent Petitón and other children 2
circa 1910 Young Petitón 2
circa 1916 Self portrait photo I 2
circa 1930 Man and young women 3
circa 1930 Bandmates pose with instruments in hand 3
circa 1930 Petitón and orchestra 3
circa 1930 Rafael and mother 3
circa 1935 Self portrait photo II 3
circa 1935 Self portrait photo III 3
circa 1935 Self portrait 3
circa 1940 Self portrait photo IV 4
circa 1940 Petitón in New York City streets 4
circa 1940 Standing in New York City 4
circa 1950 Self portrait 5
circa 1950 Petitón at Instituto de Puerto Rico I 5
circa 1950 Petitón at Instituto de Puerto Rico II 5
circa 1950 Petitón and couple 5
circa 1950 Petitón and two men 5
circa 1950 Petitón and man in pinstripes 5
circa 1950 Petitón and musicians pose 5
circa 1950 Petitón and friends group photo 5
circa 1950 Petitón and friends toast 5
circa 1950 Petitón and friends 5
circa 1950 Petitón and friend 5
circa 1950 Petitón and friends circle table 5
circa 1950 Peasants: Article I of the Constitution 5
circa 1950 Petiton, piano, and singer 5
circa 1955 Petitón and friends at club 5
circa 1955 Three men pose while Petitón plays piano 5
1956 December 24 Arbolito (Christmas tree) 5
circa 1960 Petitón and friend 6
circa 1960 Petiton and Piano 6
1963 August 2 Petiton and Trumpeter 6
circa 1965 Self portrait photo V 6
circa 1970 Self portrait photo VI 7
circa 1970 Angelina Petitón and two friends 7
circa 1970 Angelina Petitón and five friends 7
circa 1970 Angelina and friends in car I 7
circa 1970 Angelina and friends in car II 7
circa 1970 Angelina and friends share sofa 7
1971 August 15 Petitón and daughter, Angelina, at Cathedral of Santa Maria, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 7
circa 1975 Petitón dancing with Angelina at her wedding 7
circa 1975 Petitón family celebrate birthday 7
1982 August 15 Man and woman in Salcedo 8


Series IV: Sound Recordings
Dates: Undated-circa 2005
Physical Description: less than 0.5 cubic foot
Scope and Content Note:

The sound recordings contain three vinyl albums with recordings of “Opio en Canción,” “Amor Sediento,” and “Meloso Diatonico”; a reel-to-reel tape recording of “Amor Sediento”; a recording of the Don Rivero’s Puerto Rico Orquestra with Vicente Bonilla; and a compact disc containing digital copies of some of Petitón’s music.

Arrangement: Series IV is arranged by type.


Dates Contents Folder
Amor Sediento (Vals) / Insomnia (Bolero); reel-to-reel audio tape recording 1
Opio en Cancion (Bolero); 33 rpm record 1
Amor Sediento; 33 rpm record 1
Meloso Diatonico; 33 rpm record 1
De Puerto Rico Orquesta de Don Rivero con Vicente Bonilla 1
circa 2005 Orquesta de Rafael Petitón Guzmán; Compact Disc 1


Series V: Music Publications and Compositions by Others
Dates: 1927-1964
Physical Description: 0.5 cubic foot
Scope and Content Note:

Series V consists of music publications of compositions by other composers.

Arrangement: Series V is arranged in chronological order.


Dates Contents Folder
Chopin for the Miniature 1
Chopin for the Young 2
Do I Love You? 3
KMOS No. 106: Joseph Haydn Symphony No. 4 4
1927 Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin 5
1932 KMOS No. 5: Ludwig Van Beethoven Symphony No. 5 6
1932 KMOS No. 10: Ludwig Van Beethoven Premetheus 7
1932 KMOS No. 18: Anton Dvorak Symphony No. 5 8
1932 KMOS No. 23: Joseph Hayden Symphony No. 11 9
1932 KMOS No. 37: Gioacchino Rossini William Tell 10
1932 KMOS No. 43: Peter Ilyitch Tschaikowsky March Slave 11
1932 KMOS No. 54: Carl Maria Von Weber Oberon 12
1933 KMOS No. 77 N. Rimsky-Korsakoff The Flight of the Bumble-Bee 13
1945 Chopin Simplified: Twelve Favorite Compositions 14
circa 1964 The Deluxe Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass Souvenir Song Album 15