Hernández Moncada, Eduardo
- Eduardo Contreras Soto
(b Jalapa, Veracruz, Sept 24, 1899; d Mexico City, Dec 31, 1995). Mexican composer and conductor. He studied in Mexico City with Rafael Tello, Joaquín Beristáin and Aurelio Barrios y Morales. He began his career working as a pianist in cafés and cinemas. In 1929 he was invited by Carlos Chávez to join the Mexico SO and the National Conservatory. In the orchestra he performed as a pianist and percussionist (1929–36) and as assistant conductor (1936–43), after which he left altogether. At the conservatory he taught various courses and held many posts until his retirement in 1957. He also lectured in other professional music schools. From 1947 to 1956 he directed the Opera Academy, to which he introduced works which had never before been performed in Mexico, such as Milhaud's Le pauvre matelot and Debussy's L'enfant prodigue. He also translated the librettos of The Visitors...