Heraclio Fernandez Noya was born in Maracaibo but from a very young age he resided in La Guaira with his father Manuel Maria Fernandez, from whom he received his first piano lessons. His father taught piano classes in his native city and in La Guaira. In Caracas he founded the newspaper El Zancudo, a weekly magazine whose first number circulated on January 9, 1876. On October 10, 1884 the bi-weekly magazine El Museo started publication; in each issue it published a piece of music of some composer of the day as well as musical literary works of a satirical-humoristic type, that Fernandez signed with the name of El Zancudo in that magazine. On Saint Joseph's day (March 19), 1888, El Diablo Suelto was published. This was a waltz-joropo composed by Heraclio Fernandez; its score was located and published by Alirio Diaz and later by Jose Penin, editor and director of the Dictionary of Spanish and Hispano-American Music and the Encyclopedia of Music in Venezuela.
Fernandez died in La Guaira.
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