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Ernesto Lecuona – ‘Andalucia’

Cuban-born composer Ernesto Lecuona y Casado died around 50 years ago (August 6, 1895 – November 29, 1963). He wrote this wonderful piece of music in 1932. As it says here, he was often called the Gershwin of Cuba, was friendly with him and with the composer Maurice Ravel, who once called Lecuona’s Malagueña ‘more melodic and beautiful than my own Bolero’.

Lecuona first went to Spain in 1924 on a concert tour. There’s more about him on Lecuona.com and Wikipedia.

Could listen to this all day. Favourite parts (there are six, beginning with Córdoba) are Guadalquivir and the famous Malagueña.

Related post:

Songs about Spain – The Caves of Altamira

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