XAVIER MONTSALVATGE 1912-May 7, 2002 Violinist, ComposerrnA composer of some considerable prolificacy, he wrote for violin and string quartet and orchestra, besides publishing three Divertimenti for piano and music for four complete ballets. His opera Puss-in-Boots, \’El Gato con botes\’ was very successful. In his music, one always notes a mysterious exotic strain – a kind of nostalgia and longing for exciting and sensual rhythms of Havana. These are little gems of songs. The first performances of the Canciones Negras was given in 1946 by the celebrated Mercedes Plantada.