Biography of Carlos Hartling

Carlos Hartling (Karl Whilhelm Hartling Whilhelmine), was born in the city of Schlotheim, Thuringia in Germany on September 2, 1869, the son of Georg Friedrich Hartling and Johanne Henriete Wilhemine Hartling. He studied at the Weimar and Leipzing conservatories, and concluded them at the Munich Music Academy.

He directed several musical schools, orchestras and three military bands in Germany, such as the band of the Erfurt Infantry Regiment No. 71. He married Guadalupe Ferrari Guardiola, from their marriage they were born: Enriqueta and Alicia Hartling.

On June 27, 1896, he traveled to Tegucigalpa hired by the then president Doctor Policarpo Bonilla to be a music teacher and band teacher, beginning on September 23 of the same year, he made his first appearance at a concert in Morazán Park.

Biography of Carlos Hartling

Some of his musical compositions

  • The music of the National Anthem of Honduras
  • Greeting from Tegucigalpa
  • Under the Honduran Flag
  • Eternal Peace – funeral march premiered at the time of the funeral of President General Manuel Bonilla
  • March of General Morazán
  • The Murmur of the Honduran Pines

Musical arrangements of the National Anthem of Honduras

On June 27, 1896, he traveled to Tegucigalpa since he was hired by Doctor Policarpo Bonilla to be a music teacher and band teacher, beginning on September 23 of the same year, he made his first appearance at a concert in Morazán Park.

In 1904, commissioned by the then President and General Manuel Bonilla and due to efforts made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Cesar Bonilla, he made the musical arrangements of the poem «Canto a Honduras» or «Canto a mi patria» written by Augusto C. Coello, which would later become the current National Anthem.

The National Anthem of Honduras was sung for the first time on November 13, 1907 in the port of Amapala at the meeting of presidents of Central America, but it was premiered with all honors at the Guadalupe Reyes School in Tegucigalpa and directed by teacher Carlos Hartling.

Transfer to El Salvador and conflict due to the First World War

Due to the conflicts arising from the First World War, unleashed from 1914 to 1918 by the German, Austrian and Hungarian axis, Mr. Carlos Hartling was unjustly vituperated and harassed because of his German nationality, which forced him to move to El Salvador in 1920. .

He settled in the City of Santa Tecla, serving as Director of the Musical Band of the Sixth Army Regiment. He died at the age of 50 due to yellow fever infection on August 13, 1920 in Santa Tecla, El Salvador.

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