Born: Saturday, July 31, 1847 in Havana, Cuba
Died: Saturday, April 29, 1905 in Havana, Cuba
Nation of Origin: Cuba
Maledetto (an opera from 1895)
Scherzo capriccioso (an orchestral piece from 1886)
Danzas Cubanas (a suite for pianoforte)
Ignacio Cervantes is an important figure in Cuban music history. Cervantes was among the first to use native Cuban rhythms and idioms in concert music. Cervantes studied piano with the American virtuoso and composer, Louis Gottschalk. He also studied at the Paris Conservatoire where he studied with Marmontel and Alkan. He then returned to Havana to teach and perform. He toured the United States and Mexico as a concert pianist.
Please see the excellent article on Cervantes contributed by Glenn Jenks complete with audio and analytical examples.
Essay contributed by:
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Rutherford-Johnson, Tim, Kennedy, Michael, and Kennedy, Joyce The Oxford Dictionary of Music, Oxford University Press, 6th Edition, 2012, ISBN: 0199578109
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Biographical essay from Wikipedia