Arguably the main Latin musical figure of the first 20th century, Ernesto Lecuona wrote a huge selection of works through the era, including popular standards (“Malagueña,” “Andalucia” aka “The Breeze and I,” “Siempre en Mi Corazon,” “Comparsa,” “Noche Azul”) in addition to operettas, ballets, and an opera. Created within the Guanabacoa portion of Havana in 1896, Lecuona gained fame first being a concert pianist. Taught piano by way of a sister (all three of his siblings had been music artists), he examined on the Country wide Conservatory in Havana and, afterwards, with Maurice Ravel in Paris. He debuted in NY at age 21, and shortly became a concert feeling (his piano recordings come across five amounts). Lecuona have been composing music even while learning piano nevertheless, and he copyrighted two of the very most famed music within the Latin repertoire — “Malagueña” and “Andalucia” — through the past due ’20s. His group, the Palau Brothers Cuban Orchestra (afterwards renamed the Lecuona Cuban Guys), toured America through the 1930s and became an enormous success. Lecuona constructed the ratings for four MGM movies through the early ’30s, and gained an Academy Award nomination for the name melody to 1942’s Generally in My Center. Lecuona, called the cultural connecté towards the Cuban embassy in Washington, D.C., in 1943, seldom performed after Globe Battle II, preferring rather to cultivate his Cuban plantation. He still left his native nation in 1960 nevertheless, denouncing Castro’s trend and vowing to never play once again until Cuba was free from communism. Evidently, he never do perform professionally once again, and he passed away in 1963 while on holiday within the Canary Islands.