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Rodolfo Campodonico

  • Birth 10 Dec 1864 Ures, Ures Municipality, Sonora, Mexico
  • Death 7 Jan 1926 Douglas, Cochise County, Arizona, USA
  • Burial Douglas, Cochise County, Arizona, USA
  • Plot Sec. C
  • Memorial ID 42416019

Son of an Italian immigrant, who played several instruments, and was at one time himself quite popular. Rodolfo, began playing musical instruments at an early age, and around the age of 11 began composing music. He eventually became director of the State Band of Sonora, Mexico. He often played in the square to the enjoyment of the citizens of Hermosillo.

During the time of the Mexican Revolution Rodolfo was imprisoned and faced execution. This was because he refused to stop playing music after an order to stop, this was deemed too political, causing unrest in the streets and angered some politicians. His piece "Club Verde", of 1901, became a political statement, as the opposition party, whose color was green, chose it as their hymn. This piece also became known as the unofficial anthem of the State of Sonora. Rodolfo escaped to the U.S., living out his remaining years in cities in Arizona, teaching music.

Rodolfo wrote hundreds, perhaps 1000-2000 pieces of music,
much of it has been lost. Some of his other works include: Blanca, Natalia, Margot, Lolita, Laura, Amalia, Herminia, Yo te Amo, Lágrimas de Amor, Luz, Mi Güerita and Catalina.

At present there is a dispute on the date of death, as the family states it was the 7th, his wife was still alive along with other family members, but the death certificate shows he died on the 8th, which was the burial date per the certificate.

He was born on or before 10 December 1864, the headstone states July 4, 1867.
Baptism church record:
Jose Rodolfo legitimate son of Juan Campodónico and Dolores Morales. Godparents Manuel Mercado and Dolores Ramirez
10 of December of 1864

Note: Someone added Rodolfo to the baby born Victor Manuel Pio in 1867, to make it appear as if he was Rodolfo, this is a different birth date. (Per church records. Maybe it was the author of the book "Champ" since he couldn't find a baptism record in that one church where he siblings were baptized.) This was another child born to the same parents, a child born later, Rodolfo was the first born child. This same wrong information and more was included in a biography written about him, "Champ" which is still referred to by others which contains wrong information. It was published about 10 years after his death.

Why is there differences in his birth date, partly because in Mexico and other Latin countries a saint's name is celebrated instead of a birthday, at least it was so in my family. Also in those times and prior, people didn't keep track of birth dates, many countries also didn't have vital registration like today, only church records with a baptism is recorded if even that. The baptism record states he was born on or just before the date, 10 of December of 1864.

Members of the City of Hermosillo asked his wife, and then other family members over the years, if they would transfer his body there, the answer is no. None of the family wants this transfer and we will continue to refuse. The city erected a monument in a square in Hermosillo located at Avenue Rosales and Serdan Streets.

Other known children:
Maria Margarita (Campodonico) Montero
Jose Juan Rodolfo Campodonico

Remembering my great grandfather.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 42416019
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Rodolfo Campodonico (10 Dec 1864–7 Jan 1926), Find A Grave Memorial no. 42416019, citing Calvary Cemetery, Douglas, Cochise County, Arizona, USA ; Maintained by Marna (contributor 46932251) .