Collection CHC0387 - Erundina Rocha Music Collection

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Erundina Rocha Music Collection


  • 1928-1992 (Creation)
  • 1928-1966 (Creation)


5 Boxes

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Erundina Rocha was a Cuban pianist and composer. She was educated in Havana, most notably at the Conservatorio González-Redin. Rocha worked with Gonzalo Roig at the Orquestra Sinfónica de La Habana and Ernesto Lecuona on his radio program “Islas,” beginning in 1945.

She married the painter Raúl Gómez del Río in 1957. They left Cuba for Miami in 1961 and moved to Puerto Rico in 1964. Rocha participated in many groups, unions, and institutions, notably the Unión de Cubanos en el Exilio(UCE) and the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña.

She was actively engaged in maintaining Cuba’s cultural identity in exile and spreading Cuban music, especially that of Ernesto Lecuona. Rocha received awards and diplomas for her efforts from several organizations. She died in Puerto Rico on September 22, 1993.

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The Erundina Rocha Music Collection consist of music scores by Erundina Rocha, Ernesto Lecuona and other composers as well as clippings, photographs, pamphlets, programs and publications.  The collection is arranged into three series in five boxes.

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This collection is open for research.

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Requests to publish or display materials from this collection require written permission from the rights owner.  Please, contact for more information.

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  • Spanish

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Finding aid updated by Juan A. Villanueva, October 2018.

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Purchased from Raul Rocha, 1994.

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Sheet music (original and photocopies) and manuscript scores by non-Cuban composers, as well as sheet music, clippings, photographs, publications, and a vocal score of an opera were transferred to the Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library in 2010. These collection materials were de-accessioned by the Music Library in October 2018.

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35 KiB


May 18, 2018 5:26 PM

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