Arturo Márquez and Danzón No. 2

by Tucson Symphony
Arturo Márquez and Danzón No. 2

What goes better with beautiful music than awesome photos? Our first Symphony Special next season, México Mágico will include this entertaining combination!

One particularly fun piece at this concert is Arturo Márquez’s Danzón No. 2.

Arturo Márquez was born December 20, 1950, in Sonora, Mexico. Music is in his blood; his grandfather was a folk musician in Sonora and Chihuahua, and his father performed mariachi in Mexico and California. As a result, Márquez was exposed to lots of music as a child. This led to him pursuing advanced degrees at the Mexican Conservatory and California Institute of the Arts.

The Danzón No. 2 was commissioned by National Autonomous University of Mexico. Márquez wrote it in January and February of 1994, during the Zapatista uprising. This was the indigenousness Mexican population rebelling against the implementation of NAFTA.

The Danzón No. 2 was inspired by Veracruzan ballroom dance. It is among the most popular Mexican orchestral pieces written in the 20th century. Its world premiere was in Mexico City, conducted by Francisco Savín with the Orchestra Filarmonica de la UNAM.

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