|Composer, arranger, violinist, pianist, music director|
|Birth name||Rodrigo Ricardo Prats Llorens|
February 7, 1909|
Sagua La Grande, Las Villas, Cuba
|Died||September 5, 1980
La Habana, Cuba
When only thirteen he played violin in the Cuban Jazz Band, the first band of its type in Cuba, which was directed by his father. At around the same time he joined the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Habana, founded by Gonzalo Roig. Prats' first work as a director of an orchestra was for the theatrical company of Arquímedes Pous; later he fronted many other groups. He was the founder of the radio band Orquesta Sinfónica del Aire, the Orquesta de Cámara del Círculo de Bellas Artes. He was deputy director of the Orquesta Filharmónica de la Habana, musical director of RHC-Cadena Azul, and of Canal 4 de TV. Prats was the founder and director at the Teatro Jorge Anckermann, and the musical director of the Teatro Lírico de La Habana. He joined the faculty of Havana's Studio Sylvia M. Goudie in 1956 after his stint at the Iranzo Conservatory.
His body of work includes popular music, sainetes (short comedies), and zarzuelas. Prats composed Una rosa de Francia, a famous criolla-bolero, at 15, and many other pieces, including Aquella noche, Espero de ti, Creo que te quiero and El tamalero. He wrote the music for sainetes such as El bravo and Soledad, and zarzuelas such as Amalia Batista, El pirata, Guamá, La perla del Caribe and María Belén Chacón. It is probably this work for the Cuban musical theatre for which he is best remembered.
Works or publications
- Amalia Batista : zarzuela. OCLC 030071049
- Comparsa de la perla del Caribe. OCLC 024412247
- Corazón no llores. OCLC 071292295
- Dolor y amor : bolero. OCLC 019995461
- Los poemas musicales : composiciones liricas. OCLC 032971918
- María Belén Chacón : romanza cubana. OCLC 013549654
- Romanzas y canciones cubanas. OCLC 659107994
- Una rosa de Francia. OCLC 077059583
- Orovio, Helio 1981. Diccionario de la música cubana. La Habana. p309
- Piñero Díaz, José 1985. Rodrigo Prats Llorens: director de orquesta y compositor. La Habana.
- Rodrigo Prats Llorens, EcuRed.
- Library and archival resources by or about Rodrigo Prats.
- Magali O. Acosta Collection, 1956–1960 at the Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami Libraries. This archival collection contains parts and scores for arrangements written by Prats between 1956 and 1960.
- A selection of Prats's original scores, including the zarzuela Amalia Batista, has been digitized by the Cuban Heritage Collection.