Title
El Salón México
Subtitle
A Popular Type Dance Hall in Mexico City
For
orchestra
Year Composed
1932–36
Scoring
2.picc.2.corA(ad lib).2.Ebcl(ad lib).bcl(ad lib).2.dbn(ad lib)-4.3(2).3.1-timp.perc:xyl/cyms/brush/guiro/tpl.bl/wdbl/BD/SD/tab-pft-strings
ARCO Number(s)
28
Category
Orchestral
Duration
12'
Premiere
  • World: Mexico City, August 27th, 1937 (Orquesta Sinfónica de México, cond. Carlos Chávez)
Dedication
To Victor Kraft
Publisher
Boosey & Hawkes
Publishing Status
Published

Program Note

From the time of Copland's first visit to Mexico City in1932, when his friend Carlos Chávez took him to the colorful nightclub called "El Salón México," Copland wanted to compose a piece about the unusual dance hall. He said, "I was attracted by the spirit of the place and by the Mexican people. Using Mexican melodies seemed appropriate. My purpose was not merely to quote literally, but to heighten without in any way falsifying the natural simplicity of Mexican tunes." Much to Copland's surprise and delight, El Salón México was welcomed warmly in Mexico and has consistently been one of his most performed pieces. He said, "Never in my wildest dreams did I expect this kind of acceptance for the piece!"

Author
Vivian Perlis
Year
1998