Danzon No. 2 by Arturo Márquez

Today I want to share with you a fun little piece I recently performed with the OSU Wind Ensemble. Danzón No. 2 was written by the Mexican composer Arturo Márquez (b. 1950) in 1994 after a commission from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Rhythm, through tempo changes and strangely placed accents, is the driving factor in this piece. The style is based on a Cuban dance called danzón, which has a long history of syncopation, cross-rhythms, and fancy footwork. You can read more about it here.

*Side note: Márquez wrote Danzón No. 2 for a full orchestra, as shown in the video. Since then it has been arranged for concert band by Oliver Nickel.

One Comment Add yours

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s