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Name: Prats Llorens, Rodrigo (1909-1980)

Historical Note:

Rodrigo Prats was one of Cuba's most important composers of zarzuelas (Spanish operetta). Born in Sagua la Grande, Cuba on 7 February 1909, Prats was the son of another important Cuban composer and musician, Jaime Prats. Violinist, pianist, composer, arranger, and orchestral director, Rodrigo Prats directed several orchestras in Havana and served as musical director for radio and TV stations. Prats gained notoriety with the publication “Una rosa de Francia,” a criolla-bolero he composed at age 15. His body of work includes popular music, sainetes, and zarzuelas. Among his most important zarzuelas is "Amalia Batista", and many artists recorded his songs.

Rodrigo Prats joined the faculty of Havana's Studio Sylvia M. Goudie in 1956 after his stint at the Iranzo Conservatory.  He died in Havana on 15 September 1980.

Note Author: María R. Estorino and Matt Taylor

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