Lecuona, Ernesto

Period: Early 20th Century

Born: Friday, August 7, 1896 in Guanabacoa, Cuba

Died: Friday, November 29, 1963 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands

Nation of Origin: Cuba

Major Works:
Two Zarzuelas (a musical/dramatic form)
Songs like Malagueña and Andalucía
Rapsodia negra for piano and orchestra (1943)
Piano works
Film scores

Other Information:
Ernesto Lecuona studied piano as a young child and later studied piano and composition at the National Conservatory in Havana. In 1916 he moved to New York to pursue a concert career. Lecuona's music displays African and Cuban influences. Later in his career he returned to Cuba and his music has been an inspiration to the people of Cuba struggling with poverty and political upheavals.

General Bibliography:
Slonimsky, Nicolas, Music Since 1900, Schirmer Books, July 1994, ISBN: 0028724186

Salzman, Eric, Twentieth Century Music: An Introduction, Pearson, October 2001, ISBN: 0130959413

Slonimsky, Nicolas and Kuhn, Laura; Editors, Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Gale Group, December 2000, ISBN: 0028655257

Sadie, Stanley and Tyrrell, John; Editors, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Groves Dictionaries, Inc., January 2004, ISBN: 0195170679

Rutherford-Johnson, Tim, Kennedy, Michael, and Kennedy, Joyce The Oxford Dictionary of Music, Oxford University Press, 6th Edition, 2012, ISBN: 0199578109

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