Gramatges [Leyte Vidal], Harold (1918–2008) By Rey, Mario
Harold Gramatges was a leading composer, pianist, conductor, and educator during the second half of the twentieth century in Cuba. He was a founding member of the experimental music circle Grupo Renovación Musical and an advocate of contemporary national expression based on the mastering of the classic forms. His extensive catalogue reflects the synthesis of various esthetic tendencies with techniques of the musical avant-garde, and a compositional style frequently characterized by dissonant, contrapuntal procedures. He made important contributions to the country’s music education system.