Today’s date in 1956 marks the birthday of the Cuban composer Eduardo Martin, a name that might not be all that familiar to you – unless you play guitar, that is. Martin has written music for orchestra and films but is best known and admired for works he’s written for his own instrument, the guitar -- music infused with the flair and dance rhythms of his native Havana.
One of his popular pieces is titled “Hasta Alicia Baila,” roughly translated “Even Alicia Dances,” referencing the great Cuban ballerina Alicia Alonso, suggesting that even she couldn’t resist dancing to its beat.
“Guitar is my greatest passion,” said Martin in an interview for Cuban radio. “But I have other passions: my country and my family.
“In my work, it is easy to notice the attachment to my roots. Even when I travel and see something that I like, I say, ‘Of course, it looks just like home.’ I confess I am an eternal lover of Havana. I find it wonderful and irreplaceable. … And so I reflect in my work some of the impressions that this place has left in me … What I feel when I wake up in my city, when I walk in it, the mix of colors and the sounds that flood through it.”
Music Played in Today's Program
Eduardo Martin (b. 1956)Hasta Alicia BailaClea Galhano, recorder; Rene Izquierdo, guitar"Latin Reverie" CD 89577 75162