Cervantes, Ignacio

Period: Romantic

Born: Saturday, July 31, 1847 in Havana, Cuba

Died: Saturday, April 29, 1905 in Havana, Cuba

Nation of Origin: Cuba

Major Works:

Maledetto (an opera from 1895)
Scherzo capriccioso (an orchestral piece from 1886)
Danzas Cubanas (a suite for pianoforte)

Other Information:

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.

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Glenn Jenks

General Bibliography:

Blume, Friedrich, with Norton, M. D. (Translator) and Norton, Herter (Translator), Classic and Romantic Music; A Comprehensive Survey, W. W. Norton & Company, November 1970, ISBN: 0393098680

Einstein, Alfred. Music in the Romantic Era, W. W. Norton & Company, December 1947, ISBN: 0393097331

Rosen, Charles, The Romantic Generation, W. W. Norton & Company, April 1995, ISBN: 0674779347

Slonimsky, Nicolas and Kuhn, Laura; Editors, Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Gale Group, December 2000, ISBN: 0028655257

Sadie, Stanley and Tyrrell, John; Editors, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Groves Dictionaries, Inc., January 2004, ISBN: 0195170679

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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