Title
Danzón Cubano
For
two pianos
Year Composed
1942
ARCO Number(s)
50
Category
Keyboard
Duration
6'
Premiere
  • World: New York, December 9th, 1942 (Copland, Leonard Bernstein)
Commission Info
Claire Reis and the League of American Composers, for the League's twentieth anniversary
Dedication
To Rudy Burckhardt
Publisher
Boosey & Hawkes
Publishing Status
Published
Arrangements
Danzon Cubano (for solo piano) (arr. Leo Smit)
Buying Options
Boosey & Hawkes
Jump To

Program Note

Along with El Salón México, Danzón Cubano, based on Latin American folk tunes, became a model for composers using Latin American materials. Based on the danzón, a stately Cuban dance, Danzón Cubano is in two contrasting sections. Copland wrote, "I did not attempt to reproduce an authentic Cuban sound but felt free to add my own touches of displaced accents and unexpected silent beats." The original version for two pianos has been superseded in popularity by the composer's orchestral arrangement which employs Cuban rhythms played by an interesting battery of percussion.

Author
Vivian Perlis
Year
1998