Danzon Cubano

From Wind Repertory Project
Aaron Copland

Aaron Copland (arr. R Mark Rogers)

General Info

Year: 1942 / 1946 / 2000
Duration: c. 7:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Two pianos
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $110.00   |   Score Only (print) - $11.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Claves
  • Cowbell
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gourd
  • Maracas
  • Slapstick
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Temple Blocks (2)
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This transcription for experienced concert bands is based on Copland's work inspired by his travels to Cuba. The themes of the Danzón are derived from melodic and rhythmic fragments heard by Copland in the dance halls there. Light and elegant, it's a charming work

- Program Note from publisher

Danzón Cubano is a composition for two pianos by American composer Aaron Copland. The piece, written in 1942, was inspired by the Cuban genre of the same name. It was first arranged for orchestra in 1946.

After having premiered El Salón México in Mexico City in 1937, Copland traveled to Havana and other Latin American countries to study their rhythms and musical forms, with which he had a fascination. This trip to Havana led him to write two pieces: Las agachadas, a choral work, and the Danzón Cubano, for two pianos. He completed the latter while he was in Oakland, in the fall of 1942. However, it was largely based on themes, melodies and rhythms that Copland himself either heard or recorded during his stay in Cuba. As Copland himself explained: "The Danzón Cubano is in no sense intended to be an authentic danzón, but only an American tourist's impression". It was written to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the League of Composers, in a concert entitled Salute to the League of Composers, which was held at New York's Town Hall in December 9, 1942.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Boston University (Mass.) Concert Band (Jennifer Bill, conductor) – 11 December 2017

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Copland, A.; Rogers, M. (2000). Danzón Cubano [score]. Boosey & Hawkes: [New York, NY?]
  • Danzón Cubano, Wikipedia Accessed 12 December 2017
  • Girsberger, Russ. Percussion Assignments for Band & Wind Ensemble. Volume I: A-K. Galesburg, MD: Meredith Music Publications, 2004, 67. Print.