RICARDO CASTRO (1864 - 1907)
Ricardo Castro (Rafael de la Santísima Trinidad Castro Herrera) was born just under a century before Vázquez, and died in 1907. He studied at the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City, where he proved to be so talented that he finished his studies in half the usual time, graduating in 1883, having already begun his career as a pianist and composer. His Symphony No. 1 in C minor was completed in that same year. His style is very definitely European Romantic—Germanic, in fact—and very colourful. He was the author of the first Latin American piano concerto, and the first Mexican cello concerto.