Harold Gramatges

Composer

1918 – 2008

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Who was Harold Gramatges?

Harold Gramatges was a Cuban composer, pianist, and teacher.

Gramatges was born in Santiago, Cuba. In 1941, he entered the conservatory in Santiago de Cuba to study under professor Dulce María Serret, and went on to study composition at the Municipal Conservatoire of Havana with Amadeo Roldán and José Ardévol, and with professor Flora Mora.In 1942, he travelled to United States to complete his studies at Berkshire Music Center under Aaron Copland and Serge Koussevitzky.

He later founded and directed Cuba's Municipal Conservatory Orchestra, where he worked as professor of Harmony, Composition, Aesthetics and Music History. In 1958, he received the Reichold of Caribbean and Central America Prize, conferred by the Detroit Orchestra for his Sinfonía en mi. In 1959, he created the Musical Department at Casa de las Américas. He has spent his life working on transforming and developing musical education in Cuba. In 1961 and 1964, he was the Cuban Ambassador to France.

His work tends to bridge the forms of contemporary classical and modern Cuban or Latin American music. His catalog includes symphonic, chamber, vocal and incidental music for theater and movies.

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Born
Sep 26, 1918
Santiago de Cuba
Also known as
  • Harold Gramatges Leyte-Vidal
Spouses
Nationality
  • Cuba
Profession
Education
  • Tanglewood Music Center
  • Municipal Conservatoire of Havana
Died
Dec 16, 2008
Havana

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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