A Cuban maestro: Ernesto Lecuona

This Sunday, November 30, Encuentro will be entirely dedicated to the music of the great Cuban composer and pianist Ernesto Lecuona (1895-1963). Listen to some of his greatest songs as well as several pieces played at the piano by Lecuona himself.

Encuentro airs every Sunday, from 1:00 to 2:30 PM., here at KFAI, Radio Without Boundaries.

Ernesto Lecuona is one of the major musical forces to have come out of Cuba, and one of the major contributors to the emergence of Latin music in the world scene. His style and use of forms has had a deep influence in contemporary Latin music.

Lecuona produced a veritable torrent of music including more than 400 memorable and tuneful songs, among them the classics “Malagueña” and “Siboney”.

His talents in music-making were all over the map. He also created 176 piano pieces, 53 theater works (zarzuelas, operettas, theatrical revues and an opera), 31 orchestral scores, 6 pieces for piano and orchestra, 3 violin works, a trio, 5 ballets, 11 film scores and many incidental arrangements.