Ernesto Lecuona (1895-1963)

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02 Apr Ernesto Lecuona (1895-1963)

At age 11 wrote first composition & by 1918 was partner in Rollo Autógrafo, a player-piano music roll producer of Cuban music & copies of masters from QRS in U.S. His zarzuela (operetta) María la O ranks as a classic as are his Afro-Cuban rhythms. In 1942 his Always in My Heart lost to White Christmas for a Best Song Oscar. He was introduced to the U.S. by Desi Arnaz, being considered the Gershwin of classical Cuban music. He is buried in NJ awaiting internment, per his wishes, in a free Cuba.

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