Eduardo Sánchez de Fuentes

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Eduardo Sánchez de Fuentes (3 April 1874, in Havana – 7 September 1944) was a Cuban composer, and an author of books on the history of Cuban folk music.[1]

The outstanding habanera ,[2] written when he was sixteen, was his best-known composition.[3] As an adult, he composed the scores for the opera Yumurí, the ballet Dioné, the oratorio Navidad and the cantata Anacaona.


His writings are still charming and informative today, though their standing has suffered from an accurate criticism by later musicologists. They realized that he had systematically underestimated the contribution of the Africans in Cuba. He insisted, instead, on the supposed contribution of Cuba's original aboriginal population, which was subsequently disproved.

"It is a shame that a succession of errors should have spoilt the greatest work of a man who had carried his musicianship for almost half a century with rare dignity." [4]

His books[edit]

  • El folklore en la música cubana
  • Cuba y sus músicos
  • Influencía de los ritmos africanos en nuestro cancionero
  • La contradanza y la habanera
  • Ignacio Cervantes
  • Consideraciones sobre la música cubana
  • Viejos ritmos cubanos
  • La última firma de Brindis de Sala
  • La música aborigen de América
  • Foklorismo


  1. ^ Orovio, Helio 2004. Cuban music from A to Z.
  2. ^ Lydie Solomon, piano, Simon Gerland, director (2012). Lydie Solomon playing and singing habanera Tú. Festivisuel. Retrieved 29 Sep 2012.
  3. ^ Gordiano Lupi Mi Cuba 8896042062 2008 p199 "Habanera and danzón were the harbingers of the Argentine tango and the song "Tu" by Edoardo Sanchez had its roots in all that"
  4. ^ Carpentier, Alejo 2001 [1945]. Music in Cuba. Minneapolis MN. p254 (this comment by Carpentier applies to the books and also to some of the musical works)

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