Lecuona Casado, Ernestina
- Alicia Valdés Cantero
(b Matanzas, Jan 16, 1882; d Havana, Sept 3, 1951). Cuban composer and pianist. Member of a remarkable musical family (including Ernesto Lecuona, her brother, and Leo Brouwer, her grandson), she studied at the Academia del Centro Asturiano in Havana and continued at the Municipal Conservatory (now the Amadeo Roldán School of Music) and then with Madame Calderón of the Paris Conservatoire. In 1932 she met the singer Esther Borja, her most faithful interpreter, with whom she toured Latin America, performing in theatres, on radio and on film. She also performed as a solo pianist in Cuba and abroad and gave concerts for two pianos with her brother, to whom she dedicated three pieces, Danza negra and the boleros Mi vida es soñar and Anhelo besarte. In 1937 she was a founder member of the Orquesta Feminina de Concierto. Her compositions are mostly small-scale, including canciones, hymns, waltzes and other Latin-American dances, and she often wrote replies to the works of other composers: her ...