A Cuban musical and dance form developed in the 1800s from the contradanza and the danza which is both longer and slower than its predecessors.
A European influenced ballroom dance played by the Cuban charangas. The danzon orchestras played refined dance music for the upper class (waltzes, fox trots, danzon, etc.)
A Cuban ballroom dance derived from the contradanza in the late 1870s. It was regularly played by flute-and-fiddle charangas until the early 1950s. The danzón bears the mark of Europe and its first section was usually a promenade, but its charm is not merely nostalgic. Its melodies echo from time to time in modern salsa.
An involved and ornate Cuban music form of West European ancestry developed in the 19th century (see related article).
The first style considered to be 100% Cuban. Originally in 2/4 time, the danzón is 'now played in 4/4 and is made up of a composed introduction, a violin section and later, with the 'Danzón del Nuevo Ritmo' in the 1950s, a montuno section with call and response elements borrowed from the son style (this is also known as the mambo section).
(dance zon ) is an old form of Cuban music derived from the French and English Contradanza. Danzon was popular around the turn of the century and was the music of an upwardly mobile segment of Cuban society interested in becoming "Europeanized". The instruments used were mostly of European origin and included strings, woodwinds, brass and timpani. The timpani were later replaced by a more portable Cuban invention called Timbales. The Danzon rhythm, which incorporates the feeling of clave, was played at slow to moderate tempo, so the dancers would not break into a sweat. (difficult in such a humid hot atmosphere!) The last section of a Danzon arrangement, called the Nuevo Ritmo later evolved into a separate dance called Cha Cha Cha.
Danzón is the official music of Cuba, and derives from a European-influenced ballroom dance played by Cuban ensembles. These orchestras played refined music for the upper class in pre-Castro Cuba.
A Cuban musical and dance form developed in the late 19th century, which is derived from the European Court and Country dances, as well as the contradanza and the danza . The instrumentation which generally interprets this style is known as the charanga orchestra, featuring strings and flute with a rhythm section. The danzón form consists of: an introduction called the paseo (A), the principal flute melody (B), a repeat of the introduction (A), and the violin trio (C). Innovations by several composers led to the addition of a fourth section (D) called nuevo ritmo , later known as mambo. This section added elements of the Cuban son , and established an open vamp over which the flute, violin or piano would improvise.
a Cuban dance genre blending Afro-Cuban rhythms with European court music; originated in Matanzas in the late 19th century.