It was around this time that Revueltas began to compose in earnest. He was part of a family of artists of whom were also famous and recognized in Mexico his brother Jose Revueltas as a writer; Fermin, as a painter, and her sister Rosaura as an actress and dancer. He went to Spain and worked for the Republicans during the Spanish Civil War, but upon Francisco Franco's victory, returned to Mexico to teach. He earned little, and fell into poverty and alcoholism. He died in Mexico City on the day his ballet El renacuajo paseador, written seven years earlier, was premiered. He wrote film music, chamber music, songs and a number of other works. Among his orchestral music are a number of symphonic poems with Sensemayá: Chant for the Killing of a Snake (1938), based on a poem by Nicolás Guillén, the most famous.
His musical language is tonal but often dissonant, rhythmically vital, and frequently has a distinctly Mexican flavour. He appeared briefly as a bar piano player in the movie ¡Vámonos con Pancho Villa! (Mexico, 1935), for which he composed the music, placing a sign over the piano saying Se suplica no tirarle al pianista (We beg you not to shoot at the pianist). Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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