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born 1885

She was an international hit-maker during her lifetime, but, these days, few people remember the prolific romantic songwriter who was Mexico's first female professional composer. María Grever grew up studying piano, violin + voice in Europe, but the pop music she went on to compose was distinctly American ~ infused with tango influences + Mexican folk rhythms. 

Especially famous for boleros, Maria brought her ballads to audiences from Buenos Aires to New York City while superstar singers from Frank Sinatra to Libertad Lamarque performed them around the world. María spent much of her adult life in Manhattan where she wrote everything from film scores to operettas while collaborating with US lyricists to translate her songs into English. María's greatest hits are still part of many singers' repertoires...recent revivals include Amy Winehouse + Gloria Estefan!

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her quotes

all quotes by María Grever (10)

"Kiss me, with an ardent kiss, as no one has kissed me since the day I was born."

Júrame | 1926

"Love me, love me to madness."

Júrame | 1926

"Hold me in your arms, and count the beats of our heart."

Cuando vuelva a tu lado | 1934

"When I return to your side, don't deny me your kisses."

Cuando vuelva a tu lado | 1934

"Sometimes I listen to a divine echo that rolls on the breeze."

Te quiero, dijiste | 1944

"Sometimes I wonder what would happen if I found a soul like mine."

Alma mia | unknown

"I will return like those restless waves crowned in foam return to bathe your beaches."

Volveré | unknown

"I will return, like white butterflies return to the chalice of roses to sip their nectar."

Volveré | unknown

"Like roses wait, thirsty for dew, with those same longings, I wait for you."

Así | unknown

"Look, look—because seeing myself in your eyes, I forge such beautiful dreams."

Así | unknown
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