Botet Dubois, María Enma
- Alicia Valdés Cantero
(b Matanzas, Aug 10, 1903). Cuban composer and teacher. She studied with Hubert De Blanck and Joaquín Nin in Havana and has devoted her life to teaching the piano, first at the Hubert De Blanck and then at the Amadeo Roldán conservatories in Havana; many of her pupils have become important figures in Cuban music education. Apart from a few songs and arrangements, she has composed exclusively for the piano, writing in genres such as the son, guaracha, criolla, guajira, pregón as well as the bolera, habanera and rumba; some of her works, in particular the Suite cubana for piano, are used in teaching centres in Cuba. Her music has simple melodies and harmonies and there is liberal use of five beats to a bar and of syncopation – typical rhythmic elements of Cuban music. Included in her considerable output are Rositas (1954), Nocturno guajiro (1955...