Composer. He was a pianist, best known as a composer of exotic piano works. He was hailed as the New World's first authentic musical spokesman and his keyboard virtuosity was compared with Chopin's. Through out the mid 19th Century, he toured America, Europe, the Caribbean and was the first American composer to employ Latin American and Creole folk themes and rhythms. He wrote operas, symphonies and more than 200 piano pieces, including "La Bamboula", "Le Bananier", "Le Banjo, L'Union" and "The Dying Poet". He spent his last years in South America, feverishly devoted to concert-giving.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith