Gaspar Aguero

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Gaspar Aguero died before the Cold War heated up into threats involving short- and long-range missile bases, spending much of life researching the aspects of Cuban culture that have been of great appeal…
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Gaspar Aguero died before the Cold War heated up into threats involving short- and long-range missile bases, spending much of life researching the aspects of Cuban culture that have been of great appeal internationally despite the insecurity of politics on the island. From the same locale of Camaguey as the talented Agramonte family, Gaspar Aguero was the son of Olivero Aguero, a professor at the Institute of Secondary Education in Camaguey. Like the senior Aguero, both Emilio Agramonte and Eduardo Agramonte came from an older generation of Camaguey musical scholars. A teacher of piano and voice, Emilio Agramonte was born the same year as Gaspar Aguero's father, 1844. Young Aguero received a doctorate in musical pedagogy; in terms of Cuban culture, his most important work may have been his collaborations with Fernando Ortiz, one of the most noted scholars in the field of Afro-Cuban cultural research. Aguero started teaching music in 1893 as well as directing a series of choral and orchestral groups. Besides working on research with Ortiz, Aguero published his own essays on musicology and in 1902 took a position at Cuba's National Conservatory. A senior teaching position at the Normal School for Teachers in Havana was his for the asking in 1915. Aguero was also a member of the national Academy of Arts and Letters. While some of his peers left Cuba for the United States, in some cases only temporarily, Aguero concentrated his professional activities in his homeland. Perhaps it was a form of rebellion against his father, who had studied abroad and used his considerable influence on his students to convince them to do likewise.