Music in the Pages

Leonardo Acosta
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The book Móviles y otras músicas by Leonardo Acosta is another invitation to think and listen to Cuba’s musical history 

Accurate and categorical conclusions exist although we often shy away from sweeping generalizations. However, some truths are based on life experiences and it’s hard to find a person without music-related memories. That’s why I allow myself the categorical assertion to say that this land is a mixture of melodies; to say Cuba is to say rhythm, rumba, guitar…

For those whose existence is not enough to indicate musicality, will only have to seek in history and explore our traditions. The search could rekindle suspicion, but the shrewd inquiry will not leave room for understatement.

The book Móviles y otras músicas, written by Leonardo Acosta could be a starting point for research. Published by UNION in 2010 the book is a good choice even six years later.

Through an essay the author invites to review the traces left by singers and scholars of Cuban music. Keen reflections make us approach different genres and instruments, resorting to the motives of those who choose them. So, Harold Gramatges, Leo Brouwer, Chucho Valdés and Emiliano Salvador and other outstanding artists and theoreticians are mentioned.

Among the attractions there is an interview with Sergio Vitier, recently deceased.

His criteria expressed in a dialogue, show the complete masterfulness of the art he was devoted to. Vitier’s words occupy one of the fourteen chapters which make up this book.

Trascendental sonorities like Latin Jazz, nueva trova and others answer questions about their origins and impact.

It is one of those books which have a special place in our personal collections, even a source of reference to recall creators we once forgot in a lapse of temporal oblivion.

Among the books published by this writer, musician and journalist highlight Música y épica en la novela by Alejo Carpentier (1981), Del tambor al sintetizador (1983) o Elige tú que canto yo (1993).

El sonido y la luz (sound and light)as the name of the space dedicated to Edgard Varése, combine to apprehend music.

In addition to listen, watching her arise in front of one’s own eyes with the countenance of people who turn their life into a stave, Móviles y otras músicas is one of those works with which Acosta invites us to think and listen to Cuba’s musical history.

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