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Ernesto Lecuona

Ernesto Lecuona y Casado (Spanish pronunciation: [eɾˈnesto leˈkwona]; August 7, 1896 – November 29, 1963) was a Cuban composer and pianist, many of whose works have become standards of the Latin, jazz and classical repertoires. His over 600 compositions include songs and zarzuelas as well as pieces for piano and symphonic orchestra.

In the 1930s, he helped establish a popular band, the Lecuona Cuban Boys, which showcased some of his most successful pieces and was later taken over by Armando Oréfiche. In the 1950s, Lecuona recorded several LPs, including solo piano albums for RCA Victor. He moved to the United States after the Cuban Revolution and died in Spain in 1963.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 6, 1896 (Guanabacoa), Died November 29, 1963 (Santa Cruz de Tenerife)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1955

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, piano, lyricist, songwriter, leader, arranger

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Recordings (Results 226-250 of 397 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor D7XB-1775 10-in. 10/21/1947 La comparsa José Curbelo Orchestra Instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor D7FB-1934 10-in. 10/27/1947 Malagueña Campos Trio ; Irving Fields Piano solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor D9XB-0278 10-in. 3/11/1949 Danza lucumí Carta y Cabiati Piano duet, with jazz/dance quartet composer  
Victor D9FB-1625 10-in. 6/10/1949 La comparsa Coro de la Universidad de Puerto Rico ; Augusto Rodríguez Mixed vocal chorus composer  
Victor CU-104[a] 10-in. before 9/5/1939 Negro gangá Rafael Hernández ; Margarita Lecuona ; Orquesta Riverside Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor CU-135-B 10-in. before 9/11/1939. Desprecio Orquesta Riverside ; Trío Lecuona Female vocal trio, with jazz/dance band composer  
Victor CU-289[a] 10-in. before 4/18/1940 Tengo un nuevo amor Esther Borja ; Orquesta Alfredo Brito Instrumental ensemble, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor CU-290[a] 10-in. before 4/18/1940 Yo no sé porque Esther Borja ; Orquesta Alfredo Brito Instrumental ensemble, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor CU-300 10-in. before 4/22/1940 La comparsa Lecuona Cuban Boys ; Armando Orefiche Jazz/dance band, with piano composer  
Victor CU-340 10-in. before 3/6/1951 Danza negra Carta y Cabiati Piano duet composer  
Victor CU-397 10-in. before 5/3/1940 En mi corazón Orquesta Alfredo Brito ; Pedro Vargas Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor CU-451 10-in. before 9/12/1950 La rosa blanca Tito Guizar ; Orquesta Casino de la Playa Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor CU-466 10-in. before 10/5/1950 Palabra de honor Conjunto Matamoros Vocal and instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor CU-495[a] 10-in. before 6/27/1940 Primavera Conjunto Fernando Mulens ; Dúo Primavera Female vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor CU-586 10-in. before 9/13/1940 La conga se va Orquesta Casino de la Playa ; Alfredito Valdés Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor CU-617 10-in. before 10/21/1940 Tokú Orquesta Casino de la Playa ; Miguelito Valdés Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor CU-898 10-in. before 3/19/1942 Amor caribe Orquesta de E. González Manticci ; Pedro Vargas Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer  
Victor CU-981 10-in. before 2/12/1943 Yo te dí mi corazón Mariano Mercerón ; Muchachos Pimienta ; Camilo Rodríguez Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor CU-1321 10-in. before 6/20/1945 Quisiera René Cabel ; Orquesta Casino de la Playa Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-T-1150 10-in. 9/29/1932 Canto indio Orellana Garcia Female vocal solo, with piano composer, lyricist  
Victor [Trial 1923-05-04-01] 10-in. 5/4/1923 Danze no. 32 Ernesto Lecuona Piano solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor [Trial 1923-05-04-02] 10-in. 5/4/1923 Avalon Ernesto Lecuona Piano solo instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W151366 10-in. 2/27/1931 African lament Enric Madriguera's Havana Casino Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia [W]151403 10-in. 3/9/1931 Siboney Harry Reser’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Columbia [W]151405 10-in. 3/9/1931 African lament Harry Reser’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
(Results 226-250 of 397 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lecuona, Ernesto," accessed April 21, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104088.

Lecuona, Ernesto. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 21, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104088.

"Lecuona, Ernesto." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 21 April 2024.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104088

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