Historias 71 – Marysol Quevedo and Elizabeth Schwall on Revolutionary Cuba’s Cultural Projects
In this wide ranging discussion, Marysol and Elizabeth detail the evolution of these art forms from the 1930s through first decades of revolutionary Cuba, highlighting the efforts of Alicia Alonso, Fernando Alonso, Juan Blanco, Leo Bouwer, and Harold Gramatges.
This episode is the last in a series marking the 60th anniversary of the revolution’s triumph.
Considering the discussion focused on several Cuban composers, the Historias team decided to integrate some samples into the episode. We hope you enjoy.
19’17” – Harold Gramatges, Movil I (1969)
38’30” – Leo Brouwer, La tradición se rompe pero cuesta trabajo (1967-69)
Be sure to check out Elizabeth’s “Coordinating Movements: The Politics of Cuban-Mexican Dance Exchanges, 1959-1983” (2017) and “A Spectacular Embrace: Dance Dialogues between Cuba and the Soviet Union, 1959-1973,” (2018).
And enjoy Marysol’s “The Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Cuba and its Role in the Cuban Revolution’s Cultural Project” (2019) and “Classical Music in Cuba” (2016)
NPR’s Cuban Broadcast: Conjunto Instrumental De Nuestro Tiempo Performs Music Of Cuban Composers (recorded January 1979!)