Peermusic Classical Danzon No. 2 - Marquez/Quintana - Piano Duet/Opt. Percussion (2 Pianos, 4 Hands) - Long & McQuade Music Educator Site
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Peermusic Classical Danzon No. 2 - Marquez/Quintana - Piano Duet/Opt. Percussion (2 Pianos, 4 Hands)

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Composer: Arturo Marquez
Arranger: Edison Quintana
Format: Book
Instrumentation: Piano Duet with optional percussion (2 Pianos, 4 Hands)

Program Notes:
"The idea of writing the Danzon No.2 originated in 1993 during a trip to Malinalco with the painter Andres Fonseca and the dancer Irene Martinez, both of whom are experts in salon dances with a special passion for the danzon, which they were able to transmit to me from the beginning, and also during later trips to Veracruz and visits to the Colonia Salon in Mexico City. From these experiences onward, I started to learn the danzon's rhythms, its form, its melodic outline, and to listen to the old recordings by Acerina and his Danzonera Orchestra. I was fascinated and I started to understand that the apparent lightness of the danzon is only like a visiting card for a type of music full of sensuality and qualitative seriousness, a genre which old Mexican people continue to dance with a touch of nostalgia and a jubilant escape towards their own emotional world; we can fortunately still see this in the embrace between music and dance that occurs in the State of Veracruz and in the dance parlours of Mexico City.

The Danzon No.2 is a tribute to the environment that nourishes the genre. It endeavors to get as close as possible to the dance, to its nostalgic melodies, to its wild rhythms, and although it violates its intimacy, its form and its harmonic language, it is a very personal way of paying my respects and expressing my emotions towards truly popular music. Danzon No.2 was written on a commission by the Department of Musical Activities at Mexico's National Autonomous University and is dedicated to my daughter Lily."
- Arturo Marquez

About the danzon genre, Lidice Valenzuela writes in Cubanow: "The history of the danzon goes back to the arrival in Cuba of the European contradance. It came in three different ways: directly from Spain, the colonial metropolis; with the British, who occupied Havana in 1762; and the French colonizers and their slaves who landed in Cuba's Eastern shores after fleeing from the Haitian Revolution. From all of that trans-cultural process the Danzon was born. This new Cuban dance, naturalized by the "Creoles," had much more expressive freedom: the couple danced in each other's arms, and the dancing time was extended. People began calling it Danzon and it was in Matanzas, in the 1870s that figure dancing also began to be called Danzon. Thus, Failde, an outstanding musician, named his composition with the generic name of Danzon."
Duration: 10:00
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