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Tania León's Stride: A Polyrhythmic Life
by Alejandro L. Madrid
University of Illinois Press, 2021
eISBN: 978-0-252-05287-3 | Paper: 978-0-252-08601-4 | Cloth: 978-0-252-04394-9
Library of Congress Classification ML410.L514M33 2021
Dewey Decimal Classification 780.92

Acclaimed composer, sought-after conductor, esteemed educator, tireless advocate for the arts--Tania León’s achievements encompass but also stretch far beyond contemporary classical music. Alejandro L. Madrid draws on oral history, archival work, and ethnography to offer the first in-depth biography of the artist. Breaking from a chronological account, Madrid looks at León through the issues that have informed and defined moments in her life and her professional works. León’s words become a starting ground--but also a counterpoint--to the accounts of the people in her orbit. What emerges is more than an extraordinary portrait of an artist's journey. It is a story of how a human being reacts to the challenges thrown at her by history itself, be it the Cuban revolution or the struggle for civil and individual rights.

Nuanced and multifaceted, Tania León's Stride looks at the life, legacy, and milieu that created and sustained one of the most important figures in American classical music.

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