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Ernesto Lecuona
Birth: Aug. 7, 1896, Cuba
Death: Nov. 29, 1963
Cantabria, Spain

Famed Cuban composer. Although a prolific composer of songs and music for stage and film, Ernesto Lecuona remains most widely known for his piano compositions. While demonstrating a varied range of pianistic oeuvre, the performances made evident Lecuona's astonishing virtuosity as well as improvisatory gift. Lecuona stands as a link between the virtuoso pianistic trandition of the late 19th century and the widened musical expression of the modern era that incorporated idioms ranging from jazz to popular Latin American dance rhythms. Yet, it may still come as a surprise the the composer of Malaguena and Aragon was also a leader of a New York dance band, Lecuona's Cuban Boys, and a renowned interpreter of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. Andalucia, Gitanerias and the celebrated Malaguena, three of six pieces from the Suite Espanola (1919) figure on this recording. The characteristic dance rhythms of the southern Iberian peninsula mark these pieces and reveal a vision of Spain as compelling and colorful as that of Bizet, Debussy or Ravel. Other evocative Spanish piano pieces include Ante el Escorial, Valencia mora and Zambra gitana. Two were published in 1929 and 1930, the latter designated danzas afro-cubanas. These singular important collections represent assimilation of the lyricism, elaborate meters and rhythms of popular Cuban music with bravura pianistic style. In addition to these dances, Lecuona wrote numerous piezas caracteristicas, or character pieces, genres of solo keyboard works of distinct form and sustained mood. The character pieces are distinguished by their variety, from the brilliance of the Mazurka en glisado to the quietude of the nocturne Preludio en la noche. Bell Flower, one of Tres miniaturas that include Cajita de musica and Polichinela, exemplifies the unrestrained exuberance of Lecuona's salon music style. The composer also cultivated concert waltzes, some of which, in the tradition of Chopin exude brilliance, others are marked by melancholy and romantic sentiment, notably Vals de Las sombras and Poetico. (bio by: I Remember When) 
 
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Gate of Heaven Cemetery
Hawthorne
Westchester County
New York, USA
 
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Record added: Nov 10, 2002
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Maestro Lecuona, su música es una entrañable nota mayor de la historia artística de Cuba en su más exquisito peldaño del triunfo universal. Es una de mis más cercanas satisfacciones que permea mi corazón, justo donde nace mi orgullo de haber nacido cubano...(Read more)
- Jorge Garrido
 Added: Jun. 29, 2014
Maestro Lecuona, su música es una entrañable nota mayor de la historia artística de Cuba en su más exquisito peldaño del triunfo universal. Es una de mis más cercanas satisfacciones que permea mi corazón, justo donde nace mi orgullo de haber nacido cubano...(Read more)
- Jorge Garrido
 Added: Jun. 29, 2014

- Bob Hufford
 Added: Jan. 9, 2014
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