Danzon No.2 for Orchestra

Arturo Marquez  has written over eight dances that are built on music from the Veracruz area of Mexico. Of these, the Second is undoubtedly the most famous, and is one of the most popular and frequently performed works in contemporary orchestral music of Mexico. It was commissioned by the National University of Mexico and was first performed in 1994 by the National Philharmonic Orchestra. Danzón (Dance) first originated in Cuba and is an essential part of the folklore of the Mexican community of Veracruz. Marquez was inspired by it during his visit to the ballroom of Veracruz. The play was also used as the basis for a short film set in Mexico City in the 1940s. The film was made in 2009 and stars Marquez himself, who plays the role of the pianist in the ballroom.

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