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Celebrated the anniversary 138 of the danzon opening night, Cuban national dance

By: Prensa Latina
Jan 02, 2018
Celebrated the anniversary 138 of the danzon opening night, Cuban national dance

With simultaneous shows in the 13 municipalities of the western province of Matanzas, residents and authorities celebrated the anniversary 138 of the first night in public of a danzón, considered the Cuban national dance. 

The evocation was performed in the concert venue José White in Matanzas, located 100 kilometers from Havana, cradle in the XIX century of the new rhythm. 

In fact, in Matanzas’s old Artistic and Literary Social Club, current White hall, Miguel Failde and his typical accompaniment orchestra played the first night of las alturas de Simpson in January 1 1879, a work dedicated to a homonymous neighborhood of the municipality seat. 

The remembrance was performed under the strains of the group which is called as the emblematic musician's name and conducted by its great-great-grandson, the flautist Ethiel Fernandez. 

The Danzon, that holds the condition of Cuba immaterial heritage since 2013, is rhythm and dance generated by another Cuban’s genre, the dance, and it is classified as outstanding element of the cultural utmost of this country. 

Miguel Faílde, (1852-1921) moreover directing, he played the double bass and viola and, without being a pianist, he performed complex works with that instrument, whereas different specialists attribute him the authorship of about 144 danzones, as well as other compositions.

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