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- 1956-1960 (Creation)
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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.
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The Magali O. Acosta Collection contains parts and scores for arrangements by the Cuban composer Rodrigo Prats, written between 1956 and 1960. Acosta and Prats collaborated on a series of dance performances called "Ballet Español", which included works of Ernesto Lecuona and Agustín Lara, among others, when they both worked for the Sylvia M. Goudie dance studio in Havana.
An important supplement to this collection is the 10-year retrospective of the Studio Sylvia M. Goudie, "Memoria: 1949-1959", in which Acosta writes about her collaborations with Prats.
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