Edited and fingered by Elias Barreiro. Natalio Galán was born in Camaguey, Cuba, in 1917. He began his piano studies there with Luis Aguirre. Studied harmony and counterpoint with José Ardévol and Virginia Fleites at the Conservatorio Municipal. In 1953 he took a course in orchestration with Henry Cowell with whom he became closely associated. Entered Juilliard where he studied with Henry Brant.