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Ernesto Lecuona

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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.

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Full Name Ernesto Lecuona
Died November 29, 1963, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
Profession Actor, Pianist, Film Score Composer
Nationality Cuban, Spanish
Parents Ernesto Lecuona Ramos
Siblings Ernestina Lecuona Casado
Music Songs La comparsa, Siempre en mi corazon, Noche azul, Maria La O, Damisela encantadora, Ante El Escorial, Andalucia, Suite española: No. 4. Gitanerías, Estás en mi corazón, Yo te quiero siempre, A la antigua, Rosa la China, Rapsodia Negra, Malagueña, Preludio en la noche, Vals azul, Aragonesa, En tres por cuatro, Danza Lucumí, ...y la negra bailaba!, Aquella Tarde, Zambra gitana, Canto del Guajiro, Como arrullo de palmas, Te he Visto Pasar, Vals de los Mares, Al fin te vi, Valencia Mora, Crisantemo, Vals de las sombras, Ahi viene el chino, La Habanera
Albums Lecuona Plays Lecuona, Play For Dancing, Plays for Two, Vol. 4, 1932 - 1936, La Musica De Ernesto Lecuona, Primeros Tiempos, El Cafetal (Remastered), Rosa la China, Lecuona al piano (Remastered), Lecuona: Complete Piano Music, Vol. 2, Maria La O, En el Tronco de un Arbol..., Malagueña, La comparsa, The Complete Piano Music, Volume 1, Lecuona: Complete Piano Music, Vol. 1, Lecuona: Complete Piano Music, Vol. 4, Lecuona Interpreta A Lecuona (Original Album 1955), Lecuona: Complete Piano Music, Vol. 3, The Ultimate Collection, Cuban Originals, El Piano, Very Best (Remastered), Lecuona - The Ultimate Collection, Vals de las Sombras, La Epoca de Oro de Ernesto Lecuona, Lecuona Toca Lecuona, Vol. 1, Ernesto lecuona interprète ses compositions (Mono version), Lecuona: The Piano Music, Lecuona Toca Lecuona, Vol. 2, Lecuona: On A Night Like This
Nominations Academy Award for Best Original Song


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1 Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1997.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fallout 4 2015 Video Game writer: "One More Tomorrow"
Playing Lecuona 2015 writer: "Siboney"
Tim Maia 2014 writer: "Malagueña"
Dancing on Ice 2014 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Jack et la mécanique du coeur 2013 writer: "Malagueña"
42 2013 writer: "Panama"
The Liability 2012 performer: "Adios My Amore" / writer: "Adios My Amore"
Dancing with the Stars 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dancing Stars 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Paraiso 2009/II writer: "La Comparsa"
Charlie Wilson's War 2007 writer: "SIBONEY"
A la diestra del cielo: Silvio, un cantaor rockero 2007 Documentary writer: "Andalucía"
So You Think You Can Dance 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis 2006 Documentary writer: "Siboney"
The Lost City 2005 writer: "Danza Lucumi", "La Comparsa", "A la Antigua"
Mother of Mine 2005 writer: "Always In My Heart"
The Island 2005 writer: "Siboney"
Independent Lens 2005 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Shall We Dance 2004 writer: "Andalucia" 1930
2046 2004 writer: "Siboney", "Siboney" Instrumental version
Casa de los babys 2003 writer: "Siboney" 1929
Once Upon a Time in Mexico 2003 writer: "Malagueña"
El embrujo de Shanghai 2002 writer: "Siboney"
Die Reise nach Kafiristan 2001 performer: "Tabu"
Before Night Falls 2000 performer: "Crisantemo" / writer: "Crisantemo"
Forces of Nature 1999 writer: "Siboney"
Buena Vista Social Club 1999 Documentary writer: "Canto Siboney"
The Impostors 1998 writer: "Siboney"
Blue in the Face 1995 writer: "The Breeze And I"
Blue Sky 1994 writer: "Malaguena"
Fires Within 1991 writer: "Siboney"
Muuttolinnun aika 1991 writer: "Taboo"
Havana 1990/I writer: "Damisela Encantadora"
Cry-Baby 1990 writer: "JUNGLE DRUMS"
Brighton Beach Memoirs 1986 writer: "Jungle Drums Canto Karabali"
Endless Lust 1983 writer: "Malagueña" - uncredited
Ring of Desire 1981 writer: "Malagueña" - uncredited
American Pop 1981 lyrics: "Say Si Si" / music: "Say Si Si"
Bye Bye Brasil 1980 writer: "Para Vigo Me Voy Say sí sí"
Voyage of the Damned 1976 writer: "Siboney" - uncredited
The Kraft Music Hall 1968 TV Series music - 1 episode
Audition 1964 Documentary lyrics: "Malaguena" / music: "Malaguena"
La bella Lola 1962 "Malagueña", "La rosa negra"
Ha llegado un ángel 1961 writer: "Andalucía"
Ando volando bajo 1959 writer: "Soy un Golfo"
Quiero ser artista 1958 writer: "Para Vigo Me Voy"
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1957 TV Series music - 1 episode
The Brave One 1956 music: "Andalucia" - uncredited
Sailor Beware 1952 music: "SAY SI SI" - uncredited
As Young as You Feel 1951 music: "Maria, My Own Maria La O" - uncredited
The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady 1950 writer: "As We Are Today"
When My Baby Smiles at Me 1948 writer: "Say 'Si Si' Para vigo me voy"
A Date with Judy 1948 writer: "Ali Baba"
Carnival in Costa Rica 1947 music: "COSTA RICA", "MI VIDA", "ANOTHER NIGHT LIKE THIS", "WEDDING DANCE" / writer: "I'LL KNOW IT'S LOVE", "RUMBA BOMBA", "LAS CARRETAS", "GUI-PI-PIA", "MARACA", "Maria La O Maria My Own
Desi Arnaz and His Orchestra 1946 Short music: "Say Si Si" - uncredited
Cuban Pete 1946 writer: "The Breeze and I"
One More Tomorrow 1946 writer: "One More Tomorrow" - uncredited
Song of Mexico 1945 writer: "Andalucia"
Babes on Swing Street 1944 lyrics: "Siboney" / music: "Siboney"
Swooner Crooner 1944 Short writer: "Always in My Heart" - uncredited
Artistry in Rhythm 1944 Short writer: "Siboney"
San Demetrio London 1943 music: "Say Si Si" - uncredited
Get Going 1943 music: "Siboney" - uncredited
It Comes Up Love 1943 music: "Say 'Si Si' Para vigo me voy"
Borrah Minevitch and His Harmonica School 1942 Short writer: "Always in My Heart" - uncredited
The Daffy Duckaroo 1942 Short music: "Always in My Heart" - uncredited
The Hep Cat 1942 Short music: "Always in My Heart Siempre en mi corazón" - uncredited
Get Hep to Love 1942 lyrics: "Siboney" - uncredited / music: "Siboney" - uncredited
Fox Pop 1942 Short music: "Always in My Heart Siempre en mi corazón"
Secret Enemies 1942 music: "Always in My Heart" - uncredited
Hold the Lion, Please 1942 Short music: "Always in My Heart" - uncredited
Nutty News 1942 Short music: "Always in My Heart" - uncredited
Always in My Heart 1942 writer: "Always in My Heart" 1942 - uncredited
Wabbit Twouble 1941 Short music: "The Angels Came Thru" - uncredited
Washington Melodrama 1941 writer: "Siboney" 1929 - uncredited
Forbidden Passage 1941 Short writer: "Siboney" 1929 - uncredited
Third Finger, Left Hand 1940 music: "Siboney" 1929 - uncredited
Carolina Moon 1940 music: "Say Si Si" 1935 - uncredited
Charlie Chan in Panama 1940 writer: "Siboney" 1929 - uncredited
Another Thin Man 1939 music: "Siboney" 1929 - uncredited
Dancing Co-Ed 1939 writer: "Jungle Drums" 1933 - uncredited
Clyde Lucas and His Orchestra 1939 Short writer: "Se fue la comparsa" - uncredited
Russ Morgan & His Orchestra 1937 Short music: "Para vigo me voy" - uncredited
Vogues of 1938 1937 music: "Siboney" 1929 - uncredited
When You're in Love 1937 music: "Siboney"
Winterset 1936 writer: "Siboney" - uncredited
The Wishing Stone 1935 Short music: "Siboney" - uncredited
Star Night at the Cocoanut Grove 1934 Short writer: "Jungle Drums"
Las fronteras del amor 1934 writer: "Andar"
Isham Jones & His Orchestra 1934 Short writer: "Siboney" - uncredited
La cruz y la espada 1934 writer: "Funeral"
Borrah Minevitch and His Harmonica Rascals 1933 Short music: "Siboney" - uncredited
Dancing Lady 1933 writer: "Siboney" 1929 - uncredited
Ex-Lady 1933 music: "Karabalí" - uncredited
Flaming Gold 1932 writer: "Siboney" 1929 - uncredited
Lady with a Past 1932 writer: "Siboney" 1929 - uncredited
Suicide Fleet 1931 music: "Siboney" 1929 - uncredited
Hell Divers 1931 writer: "Maria, My Own" 1931 - uncredited
The Road to Singapore 1931 music: "African Lament" - uncredited

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Carnival in Costa Rica 1947 Bandleader (uncredited)
Mamá Gloria 1941
Adiós Buenos Aires 1938

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
La bella Lola 1962
De México llegó el amor 1940
Hell Harbor 1930 as Ernesto Lecvona

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Henry IV 1984 composer: additional music
¿Qué pasa, U.S.A.? 1977 TV Series music by - 1 episode
Unknown Mariachi 1953 composer: song "Cumparsa, La"

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Ed Sullivan Show 1956 TV Series Himself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1943 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Music, Original Song Always in My Heart (1942) · Kim Gannon (lyrics)


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