Silvestre Revueltas

Silvestre Revueltas was born in Santiago Papasquiaro, Durango, a small town in the north of Mexico, in 1899 and studied at the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City and the Chicago College of Music. With Carlos Chávez he organized the first concerts of contemporary music in Mexico in 1924 and 1925, and in 1929 Chávez offered him the position of assistant conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Mexico, which he held until 1936. Working together they were able to do much to promote Mexican music, offering a rich repertoire including works by the most outstanding and prominent names of the period. At the same time Revueltas began a very successful career as a prolific composer producing a series of works that constitute a vivid example of his extraordinary contribution to the form of the national Mexican symphonic poem, with compositions that show his originality and freshness of inspiration, together with his technical mastery. For more information visit

The title of Revueltas’ collage-like work Alcancias translates as “piggy banks,” or alternatively, as “brothel keepers.” Filled with motives from Mexican folk music, Alcancias displays Revueltas’ vital and radical approach to orchestral music.