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Lecuona Casado, Ernesto [1895–1963]

Date of Birth: 6 Aug 1895 Havana
Died: 29 Nov 1963 Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Canarias) (age 68)

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Composer, pianist and musical director. Considered to be the creator of Cuban zarzuela

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1912 Havana
Entered the company of Arquímedes Pous
1919–1922 Havana
Co-directed the orchestra of Eulogio Velasco's company. Composed more than ten revistas premiered at the Teatro Martí
1922 Havana
Founded his own company for which he composed revistas, zarzuelas and operettas with librettist Carlos Primelles
1923 Founded the Conciertos Típicos Cubanos, through which he promoted Cuban composers and performers and took them on international tours that began in 1924 in Spain
1925 Madrid
Premiered several works in theatres in Madrid and progressively abandoned creole elements to incorporate more cosmopolitan traits
1928 Opened a season at the Teatro Martí with variétés, and premiered La despalilladora based on the story of a woman-worker at a tobacco factory. This work inaugurated the social thematic in Cuban zarzuela
1932 Spain
Spanish tour with Miguel de Grandy and Maruja González
1933 Mexico
Season in Mexico, with Luisa María Morales and other Mexican singers
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