Salvador Alarcon

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Salvador Alarcon is a good example of an artist from the Cuban classical music scene whose work tends to be little known outside of his native island due to anti-Communist cultural boycotts. While festive…
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Salvador Alarcon is a good example of an artist from the Cuban classical music scene whose work tends to be little known outside of his native island due to anti-Communist cultural boycotts. While festive Cuban dance music and marvelous Afro-Cuban jazz has received worldwide attention despite such officially organized prejudice, the works in both choral and instrumental settings that Alarcon has created most likely are something of a mystery to even the most studious classical listener. Leo Brouwer, a fantastic guitarist who seems to be one of the few well-known Cubans from the so-called "serious music" world, was one of Alarcon's teachers.

Alarcon also studied with Rafael Cabrera, an orchestra director as well as composer and clarinetist, and Felix Guerrero, also a conductor and composer who frequently worked with ballet and opera. Manuel Duchesne Cuzan was yet another ensemble director whom Alarcon apprenticed under before assuming leadership in his own right in the late '50s. Since that time, Alarcon has been at the helm of a series of groups which have performed his original compositions. He should not be confused with a younger mastering engineer of the same name, sometimes nicknamed "Boris." This is also not the Salvador Alarcon who, in his capacity of security director of Mexico, helped apprehend a group if Zionist terrorists. Finally, the composer does not appear to be from the same family as the infamous Tomas Alarcon, an 18th century Cuban violinist who played with his left hand after losing the other mitt in a fight.