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Of his more than compositions, his most popular works remain standards in Latin music. Lecuona was also a noted pianist and conductor. His father was a newspaper editor. His siblings, two sisters and four brothers, were all musicians. He first studied with his elder sister Ernestina, also a classically trained pianist.

Several of his other siblings also studied piano. Lecuona made his performing debut at five years old. He was considered by all accounts a prodigy. His first composition, a two-step often performed by Cuban military bands, was published when he was He was frequently performing and organizing various musical groups to perform in silent movie houses as well as in ballrooms in Havana throughout his teen years.

Lecuona studied at the National Conservatory in Havana, graduating in with a gold medal in performance. His educational concentration was on teaching both singing and piano. He immediately began touring throughout Europe and the Americans with a repertoire including Mozart and Bach, often playing duets with his sister Ernestina on these tours. He made his debut in New York with his first piano recital and also began his recording career. During this time his tours continued to take him outside Cuba.

He was performing primarily in the Americas and in Spain. He also performed regularly on radio broadcasts. He created and published hundreds of songs, although the exact number varies widely. Once source credits him with composing more than pieces, while another says he has produced some compositions. Lecuona studied composition under Maurice Ravel while in Paris and worked in a variety of musical forms. He remains best known for his songs, typically referred to as lighter fare by historians and critics.

Lecuona chose not to work at the piano while composing, preferring a card table. Typically, he would work in creative bursts that would produce astonishing results. It is considered his first major composition. This stirring piano instrumental has enjoyed enduring popularity as a recorded tune and in performance. Lecuona had debuted the composition at the Roxy Theatre in New York in Becomes Noted Triple Threat Lecuona was also in demand as a conductor throughout the s and s.

His Cuban Boys, first known as the Palau Brothers Cuban Orchestra, was a popular dance band, which, according to Americas "Helped set the stage for the advent of Latin jazz and salsa.

Lecuona then became leader of the Orquesta de la Habana beginning in the late s. He also conducted the Havana Casino Orchestra and continued to tour as a performer. During a particular European tour, he chose to perform his own works along with lighter compositions by various late nineteenth and early twentieth century Cuban composers.

Film scores were another popular medium for Lecuona. This led to work in other films including Carnival in Costa Rica He also wrote scores for Mexican, Argentine, and Cuban films. This was the premier for his orchestral work "Rapsodia Negra" Black Rhapsody. This piece used Afro-Cuban instruments, atypical in so-called serious orchestral works and Cuban musicians were featured in the performance. Lecuona not only composed the piece, he also conducted and played piano for the concert that night.

Lecuona ranged over wide tracts of Latin-American rhy thms and motifs, woven into compact lyric and symphonic form. Lecuona was formally trained in composition and his body of work does in fact show remarkable breadth. He created, for example, 11 operettas and some 37 concert pieces in addition to the compositions for solo piano and the popular tunes.

I believe the danger has been to stress the popular element to his music, and with his serious compositions, not to fully realize what they are and the genius behind them. As for his abilities as a performer, Dyer observed that he was capable of creating great music, but his piano performances ultimately ranged from excellent to quite bad. He was a baseball fan as well as an inveterate collector who treasured antiques, cigarette lighters, and music boxes.

Lecuona lived in New York and Havana, not unexpected given his touring schedule. He also reportedly had homes in Tampa and Tallahassee, Florida. He reportedly took a vow in to never play piano again until Cuba was a free nation. He chose to live abroad, splitting his time between the United States, Spain, and the Canary Islands. Lecuona was in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Canary Islands recuperating from a lung problem when he died of a heart attack on November 29, He is interred in Hawthorn, New York.

In a later review of another Lecuona recording in that same publication, John Boyer describes his music as "Latin music distilled for the middle-classes in the same way that Brahms and Liszt distilled Hungarian music for the consumption of 19th Century Germans.

So by the time I was 10, I knew every song that Ernesto Lecuona had ever written. He played the tune in his debut at Carnegie Hall. Americas, November 21, Boston Globe, February 29, Encyclopedia of World Biography. Copyright The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


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Of his more than compositions, his most popular works remain standards in Latin music. Lecuona was also a noted pianist and conductor. His father was a newspaper editor. His siblings, two sisters and four brothers, were all musicians. He first studied with his elder sister Ernestina, also a classically trained pianist.


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