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Ignacio Cervantes

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Born: July 31, 1847; Havana, Cuba   Died: April 29, 1905; Havana, Cuba  
Ignacio Cervantes is generally regarded as the leading Cuban composer of the nineteenth century. His output was varied and included orchestral and stage works, but he is best known for his piano music, particularly for his Spanish-flavored Danzas Cubanas and other salon-like keyboard pieces.

Cervantes was born in Havana on July 31, 1847. He was taught piano by his father and later studied with Juan Miguel Joval and Nicholas Ruíz
Read more Espadero. From 1859 to 1861 he was a pupil of Louis Moreau Gottschalk, whose lighter, folk-inspired keyboard music became a major influence on his own compositions. Cervantes enrolled at the Paris Conservatory in 1865 and there studied piano with composer and virtuoso pianist Charles Alkan, as well as with piano pedagogue Antoine François Marmontel.

In 1866 Cervantes captured first prize in a competition, juried by the likes of Charles Gounod and Daniel Auber, for his performance of Herz's Piano Concerto No. 5. Cervantes had great success in Paris both as a soloist and accompanist to singers, and by the time he departed the French capital he had won the admiration of some of the world's most prominent composers and performers, including Liszt and Rossini.

Cervantes returned to Havana in 1870 and, besides giving piano recitals and concerts, took up conducting operas. He soon got into political difficulties, however, and was expelled. During his exile, Cervantes toured the United States extensively (1875-1879), and also began composing his long series of Danzas Cubanas (1875-1895). At their completion, the Danzas Cubanas would number 45. Cervantes wrote his only symphony, the Symphony in C, in 1879, the same year he returned to his homeland. Once again he took up the baton, and now also began to take on students, one of whom was Eduardo Sánchez de Fuentes, who would become one of the more important Cuban composers of the twentieth century.

While Cervantes' music remained mostly light throughout his career, he did attempt more ambitious works, including a zarzuela, El Submarino (1889), and two operas, Maledetto (1895) and Los saltimbanquis (1899). The latter work dates to the period when Cervantes lived in Mexico (1898-1900). Cervantes returned to Cuba in 1900 and died there in 1905. Read less
Cervantes: Danzas Cubanas / Alvaro Cendoya
Release Date: 12/13/2011   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572456   Number of Discs: 1
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Cervantes: Danzas Cubanas / Davide Cabassi
Release Date: 05/25/2010   Label: Concerto  
Catalog: 2054   Number of Discs: 1
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    Autograph / Alexandre Tharaud
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 34137 Release Date: 12/03/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gabriel Fauré,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Alexandre Tharaud
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    Lazybones / The Capitol Clarinets Duo
    Label: Soundset   Catalog: 1046 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Norbert Goddaer,  Gabriel Fauré,  Ignacio Cervantes,  John Newton  ... 
    Performer:  Walt Nielsen,  Korbi Adams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Capitol Clarinets Duo
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    Fascinatin' Rhythm / Alan Feinberg
    Label: Argo   Catalog: 444457 Release Date: 07/17/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Thomas "Fats" Waller,  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  James P. Johnson  ... 
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    Jorge Luis Prats - Live In Zaragoza
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001593702 Release Date: 04/03/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Enrique Granados,  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Carlos Fariñas,  Ignacio Cervantes  ... 
    Performer:  Jorge Luis Prats
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    Cervantes: Danzas Cubanas / Alvaro Cendoya
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572456 Release Date: 12/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ignacio Cervantes
    Performer:  Alvaro Cendoya
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    Mostly Villa Lobos / Sergio Gallo
    Label: Eroica Classical Recordings   Catalog: 3425 Release Date: 07/07/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernesto Nazareth,  Joao de Souza Lima,  Barrozo Netto,  Camargo Mozart Guarnieri  ... 
    Performer:  Sergio Gallo
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    Label: Studio Frohla   Catalog: 5637604871 Release Date: 06/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernesto Lecuona,  Luis G. Guevara,  Ignacio Cervantes,  Carlos Guastavino  ... 
    Performer:  Michiyo Morikawa
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    Cervantes: Danzas Cubanas / Davide Cabassi
    Label: Concerto   Catalog: 2054 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ignacio Cervantes
    Performer:  Davide Cabassi,  Tatiana Larionova
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    Jorge Luis Prats In Recital
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4414 Release Date: 10/23/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Moritz Moszkowski,  Ernesto Lecuona,  Ignacio Cervantes,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Jorge Luis Prats
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    Baby Cello - Calming Music For Baby & You
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 4116 Release Date: 06/13/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  Billy Strayhorn,  Kurt Weill,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Cello Orchestra
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    Recordando - Maestros Of Cuban Classical / Elena Casanova
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1136 Release Date: 12/27/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernesto Lecuona,  Manuel Samuell,  Ignacio Cervantes,  René Touzet
    Performer:  Elena Casanova
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    Latin Cello / Geoffrey Simon, London Cello Orchestra
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 4109 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  Leonard Bernstein,  Ignacio Cervantes,  Astor Piazzolla  ... 
    Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Cello Orchestra
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    Serenata Cubana / Nohema Fernandez
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2582 Release Date: 03/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carlo Borbolla,  Anonymous,  Aurelio de la Vega,  Gisela Hernández Gonzalo  ... 
    Performer:  Nohema Fernandez
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    Baby Cello - Calming Music For Baby & You
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 116 Release Date: 01/18/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  Billy Strayhorn,  Kurt Weill,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Cello Orchestra
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    A Treasury Of Cuban Piano Classics / Juana Zayas
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1069 Release Date: 11/28/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gisela Hernández Gonzalo,  Alejandro Caturla,  Ignacio Cervantes,  Ernesto Lecuona
    Performer:  Juana Zayas
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    Cervantes: Danzas For Piano / Rubén Peláez
    Label: Elan Recordings   Catalog: 82274 Release Date: 08/14/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ignacio Cervantes
    Performer:  Ruben Pelaez
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    Piano Solos Of Latin America / Estela Olevsky
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2202 Release Date: 04/15/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  Carlos Chavez,  Robert Stern,  Ernesto Nazareth  ... 
    Performer:  Estela Olevsky
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