Danzón No. 2

1. January 2016
Leticia Gómez-Tagle
Peer Music Classical

“Just like the Bolero, the Danzón had its origins in Cuba. It forms an important
part of the folklore of the coastal Mexican state of Veracruz. After hearing
Danzón No. 2 for the first time, performed by Gustavo Dudamel on YouTube,
I immediately wanted to know if the piece existed in a version for piano. My
search came up with nothing, and so I went to work: I bought the orchestral
score and began to write a transcription. I really wanted it to be pianistic in style.
I later contacted maestro Márquez directly and told him about my efforts. I was
able to arrange a meeting with him in Mexico, where I played for him. To my
great honour, he was pleased with my transcription. We worked for an hour;
he corrected a few things and then gave me permission to perform and record
the transcription. Since then, I have played the piece in public on a number of
occasions with great success.”

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