Varona (Camagüey 1859 - La Habana 1912)
Composer, pianist and orchestra conductor. He was born
in Camagüey, in March 10th, 1859. Being a youngster
he settled in Havana where he conducted the Albisu theater
orchestra, In 1896 he premiered his su zarzuela “El
brujo”, and shorty afterwards he moved
to Key West, U.S.A., because of his independentist ideas.
Being exile he developed jpournalism as well as his,
musical activites. When the Repubñlic was settled
he was arranger and the first musical conductor of the
Band of the General Staff of the Army. He also developed
music criticism, he settled the Revista
Cuba Musical and was professor in Havana Conservatory.
He conducted several orchestras of companies of zarzuelas.
As composer he owns a valuable work, started with the
Consuelo waltz, and including
zarzuelas, romanzas, piano works for children, potpourris
He died in Havana in September 17th, 1912.