I studied harmony and composition in a very spontaneous manner.
More Quotes from Alejo Carpentier:Those who have always had faith in its final success can do no less than rejoice as if it was our own triumph after five years of daily struggle to impose Cuban music on the European continent.
Blessed be the offspring of Papa Montero and Maria la Ol. When we see things from abroad, the value of our popular culture is more evident than ever.
I gladly accepted the commission but was uncertain about what the end result would be. On the one hand, Cuban music was conquering the world; being heard everywhere, and our small island was already producing one of the popular musical genres of the 20th century.
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My own will and desires were now very much broken, and my heart was with much earnestness turned to the Lord, to whom alone I looked for help in the dangers before me.