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Cuban Originals: Ernesto Lecuona

Ernesto Lecuona

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This volume of RCA's Cuban Originals series spotlights Ernesto Lecuona, and includes original recordings of classic songs like "Malagueña," "Siempre En Mi Corazon," "Noche Azul," "En Tres Por Quatro," "Estudiantina" and "Maria La O," all of which focus on Lecuona's pioneering writing and arranging abilities.

Biography

Born: 06 August 1895 in Guanabacoa

Genre: World

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s

Arguably the most important Latin musical figure of the early 20th century, Ernesto Lecuona wrote hundreds of works during the era, including popular standards ("Malagueña," "Andalucia" aka "The Breeze and I," "Siempre en Mi Corazon," "Comparsa," "Noche Azul") as well as operettas, ballets, and an opera. Born in the Guanabacoa section of Havana in 1896, Lecuona earned fame first as a concert pianist. Taught piano by a sister (all three of his siblings were musicians), he studied at the National Conservatory...
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