I enjoy listening to classical music while I play video game or doing my class work. Most of the music I listen to are from the Pandora classical station. Thus, for this week music review, I have chosen Danzon No. 2 by Arturo Marquez, a renowned Mexican composer. The piece is conducted by Alejandro Possada with a full orchestra. Danzon No. 2 is a popular Mexican contemporary classical music piece that often gets perform by full orchestras around the world. In order to convey his feelings about the dance style called Danzon, Arturo Marquez wrote Danzon No.2 in 1994. While the dance originally comes from Cuba, it becomes quite popular in Mexican dance salons after the port city of Veracruz picks it up. The music starts out slow then picks up its pace and tempo then goes back to being slow. It is a mixture of fast and slow pace with a catchy melody. As I listen to the piece, it has a sad, nostalgic yet very sensual and elegant melodies that can be very calming to people. For a musical piece that is over 9 minutes long, it doesn’t feel slow or boring at all.

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About ocbarrios

Professor for Cal State Fullerton's Barrio Studies class for Fall 2011 semester

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