Cuban people pay posthumous tribute to historian Eusebio Leal

Cuban people pay posthumous tribute to historian Eusebio Leal

The Cuban people will pay tribute this Thursday in the National Capitol in this capital to Havana historian Eusebio Leal Spengler, postponed after his death on July 31, due to the requirements imposed by Covid-19.

In accordance with the respected researcher and professor family's wishes, the population will offer a posthumous tribute from 09:00 to 16:00 local time, at the Hall of Lost Steps of that emblematic building, where his ashes will be exhibited.

On December 18, the Official Mourning Farewell will be held in presence of leaders of the Communist Party, the State and the Government, representatives of grass-roots organizations, guests of the Historian's Office, and other personalities and friends.

After the funeral ceremonies, the burial of his remains will take place that same day in a family ceremony at the San Francisco de Asis Convent.

Eusebio Leal's work was transcendental for the conservation of the capital's legacy of illustrious figures that are paradigms in Cuba and Latin America.

Eusebio Leal not only took care of the restoration of Havana's Historic Center, but also of its souls, he gave life to each stone, orchestra conductor Zenaida Romeu said on Thursday.

Romeu paid tribute to the late historian of Havana during a gala offered on Thursday by the Cuban people at the 'Salon de los Pasos Perdidos' (Hall of the Lost Steps) of the National Capitol.

After dedicating a few intimate words in front of the prominent researcher's ashes, Romeu highlighted on a press briefing his work to rescue every stone in Old Havana, and the value he gave to music as the soul of those buildings.

Leal founded several concert halls, such as the Minor Basilica of the Saint Francis of Assisi Convent and the Saint Philip Neri Oratory, providing Havana with elegant Cuban sounds and universal music that corresponded to that work of restoration, the musician noted.

The director of Camerata Romeu told anecdotes with the distinguished academic, as when he proposed to perform a version of the paraphrase of the National Anthem, precisely the melody that now accompanies the funeral honors.

I could not have imagined, not even in my wildest dreams, that this would have the transcendence it did, much less that this poetry would be the soundtrack to this sad moment, to his farewell, she assured.

The Cuban conductor also remembered the moment when Leal granted the Minor Basilica of the Saint Francis of Assisi Convent to her orchestra as a venue, just one year after it was founded.

He was a lover of beauty, so he loved music. He was a humane, sophisticated, affectionate man, a very special person who worked infinitely in favor of this nation, she underscored.

She noted that the new album of the group, recorded on November 18 live, will be a gift to his figure, because Leal is the reflection of the elegant, sophisticated Cuba of love and thought that he imagined