César Pérez Sentenat

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César Pérez Sentenat (born November 18, 1896 in Havana ; † May 4, 1973 there ) was a Cuban pianist and composer .


After training in music theory and as a pianist in his home country, Sentenat studied at the Schola Cantorum in Paris from 1913 to 1922 . After returning to Havana, he became professor of piano and harmony at the National Conservatory. Together with Gonzalo Roig and Ernesto Lecuona , he founded the Havana Symphony Orchestra. From 1925 he taught at the Municipal Conservatory of Havana, which he directed from 1931. From 1949 to 1952 he was Inspector General for Music at the Ministry of Education. In 1961 he became director of the Conservatorio Guillermo Tomás in Guanabacoa .

Sentenat's piano compositions ( Suite cubana en sol menor , Preludios en todos los tonos , Cuatro estampas para un pionero ) and songs ( Martianas , Tres canciones campesinas , Triptico de villancicos cubanos ) have become known.


  • Alfred Baumgartner: Propylaea World of Music - The Composers - A lexicon in five volumes . tape 4 . Propylaen Verlag, Berlin 1989, ISBN 3-549-07830-7 , pp. 297-298 .