Ley, Salvador (1907–1985)

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Ley, Salvador (1907–1985)

Salvador Ley (b. 2 January 1907; d. 21 March 1985), Guatemalan composer and pianist. Ley was born of German parents who had settled in Guatemala City. At the age of fifteen Ley won a scholarship to study music in Berlin. He remained in Germany from 1922 until 1934, when he returned to Guatemala to teach and serve as the director of the National Conservatory of Music. In 1937, Ley moved to New York City, where he made his North American debut in January 1938. His subsequent tour of the United States included a performance at the White House. Ley returned to Guatemala and resumed the directorship of the National Conservatory from 1944 to 1953. In the latter year he returned to the United States and taught at the Westchester Conservatory of Music in White Plains, New York. Ley has composed orchestral works, including Copla triste and Danza exótica, the opera Lera, and works for piano and voice.

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Otto Mayer-Serra, Música y músicos en Latinoamérica, vol. 2 (1947), pp. 556-557.

J. Victor Soto De Ávila, Quién es quién en Centroamérica y Panamá (1954), p. 111; Enrique Anleu Díaz, Esbozo histórico-social de la música en Guatemala (1978), p. 97.

                                        Steven S. Gillick