Monday, October 26, 2009

Maria Grever (1885-1951)

Mexican composer who also lived and worked in the United States. She was considered a child prodigy who wrote a Christmas carol at the age of four. Born to a Mexican mother and a Spanish father she was taken to Spain as a child and traveled throughout Europe obtaining musical instruction from Franz Lehar. When she later returned to Mexico she studied singing with her aunt Cuca Torres. She married an American oil company executive in 1907, and lived in New York from 1916 until her death in 1951. Works to her credit include: Besame (Kiss me) 1921 was her first international success, followed by Jurame (Promise me) in 1928 which became popular by the tenor Jose Mojica. She is credited with eight hundred and fifty songs, eighteen were popular in Mexico. Upon her death, her remains were taken to Mexico City.

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