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Radamés Giro, author of the Encyclopedic Dictionary of Music in Cuba, dies

At the age of 82, Radamés Giro Almenares, musician, editor, researcher, musicographer, writer and manager of an extensive editorial work, died. His death occurred in Havana and was reported on the night of this Saturday, September 17.

According to the obituary published by the Cuban Institute of Music (ICM), the work with the greatest encouragement and scope worked by Giro was the Encyclopedic Dictionary of Music in Cubawhose first edition corresponds to 2007. It was the result of forty years of uninterrupted research.

Giro was born in Santiago de Cuba on July 30, 1940, in a family of troubadours and from a very young age he developed a career as a musician.

He also participated as a brigade member in the Literacy Campaign and studied the specialty of Theater at the National School of Art Instructors, points out the ICM.

His work as an editor began in People and Education and Art and Literature. He was also part of the founding group of Editorial Letras Cubanas. Since 2006 he has served as the main editor of the Museo de la Música Editions.

Among his edited works, and according to the Ecured portal, are the oxford dictionary of music (1974); music in Cuba (1979), by Alejo Carpentier; The radio in Cuba (1981), by Oscar Luis Lopez.

He was a member of UNEAC and advisor to the Smithsonian Foundation. His work earned him awards such as the National Edition, the Cultural Research Annual and the Scientific-Technical Critic.

The official communication on his death does not offer details of the causes of his death or regarding the funeral. We regret the death of this researcher, another loss for Cuban culture.

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