Sergio Ortega was a Chilean composer and pianist.
Ortega was born in Antofagasta, Chile. He studied composition with Gustavo Becerra-Schmidt in the National Conservatory at the Universidad de Chile. After graduating, he worked in the Institute of Musical Extension and was a sound engineer for six years in the Universitys Experimental Theater, Teatro Antonio Varas.
Ortega was a force for the leftist movement in Chile. Not only did he compose President Salvador Allendes electoral theme song, Venceremos (We Shall Triumph), he was also the author of the worldwide anthem of popular resistance, El pueblo unido jamas sera vencido (The People United Will Never Be Defeated). He was also the composer of the anthems of the Partido Radical (Radical Party), the Juventudes Comunistas (Communist Youth), and the Central Unica de Trabajadores. He also turned Salvador Allendes political plan, embodied in the texts of Julio Rojas, into an album of songs called Canto al programa, performed by Inti-Illimani.
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