A to Z: W is for José Silvestre White (Lafitte)

A2Z-BADGE-0002015-LifeisGood-230_zps660c38a0 Today is day 23 of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge in which I attempt to blog every day (excepting Sundays) throughout the month of April. For this challenge, I am curating a collection of “classical” music pieces, which are lesser known or by lesser known composers (to me at least).Today’s composer is José White (Lafitte) (1836-1913).

White hailed from Cuban where he was born to a Spanish father and an Afro-Cuban mother. His father was an amateur violinist who taught to play. Visiting American composer, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, accompanied White on his first public performance–at the age of 18. Gottschalk advocated that the youth study violin further in Paris, and he raised funds for White to do so. He studied at the Paris Conservatory and caught the attention of Rossini.

Afterward he moved to Brazil where he was the head of the Imperial Conservatory of music. He had a rich career and returned to Paris where he lived his final days.

La Bella Cubana ( Edison recording 1924) by José White (Lafitte)

The composer’s Wikipedia entry: José White Lafitte

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