Cuban Heritage Series
Research, analysis, studies and performance of Cuban concert piano music. Historical illustration and development of this music from the 19th Century repertoire of contradanzas
Manuel Saumell Robredo (1817-1870) has been known as the father of nationalism in Cuban music and a precursor and ambassador of the contradanzas for piano, which are considered a point of departure for the later danzas for piano (Sánchez de Fuentes 1938). Likewise, Ignacio Cervantes Kawanagh (1847-1905) was a pioneer himself in developing the danza (derived from the contradanza), though his music is more challenging in terms of rhythm and harmony (Grenet 1939).