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Castro, Ricardo (1864–1907)

Castro, Ricardo (1864–1907)

Ricardo Castro (b. 7 February 1864; d. 20 November 1907), Mexican pianist and composer. Castro was the leading piano virtuoso in Mexico when that tradition was in full flower at the end of the nineteenth century. After study and a debut in Europe, where his music and his pianistic prowess gained immediate success, he returned to Mexico, propagating a European style marked by his own formidable technique and clarity of expression. His orchestral works (two symphonies and two concertos) and operatic music (La Légende de Rudel, 1906) were favorably accepted in his own epoch but have not had the enduring appeal of his works for solo piano.

See alsoMusic: Art Music .


Robert Stevenson, Music in Mexico: A Historical Survey (1952).

Additional Bibliography

Aguirre Aguilera, José Ramón. Ricardo Castro: Semblanza de la obra musical. Durango: Secretaría de Educación, Cultura y Deporte, 1994.

                                     Robert L. Parker

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