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'Danzon for Piano trio' by Paquito D'Rivera.

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Monash Enhancement Semester II analysis. George Harisis. (Structural) 'Danzon for Piano trio' by Paquito D'Rivera Danzon or dance is a piece for piano trio by the renowned Cuban performer and composer Paquito D'Rivera. The piece is written for piano and two separate parts which have the option of being performed by a cello, trombone or bassoon in the bass part, and a violin, clarinet or trumpet in the treble part. The piece, like D'Rivera's musical style, blends traditional Cuban dance rhythms with contemporary jazz harmonies which create a fusion of Latin/jazz styles. Danzon is a structurally simple work with its thematic material clearly identifiable within the differing sections. For the sake of this analysis, it will be assumed that the bass part is played on trombone and the treble on violin. Introduction (Section I (A)) The piece begins with a calm, repeating motif in the bass of the piano. ...read more.

Middle

* After this is heard for the second time, the violin again has a short, complex and syncopated melody with the trombone mirroring parts of the piano accompaniment. * Rather abruptly with an extended Dominant 7/ sus 4 chord, the piece suddenly jumps from C minor, to F major. Section II (C) * This section begins with a two bar piano introduction which, as before, establishes the harmonic progression. In this case, it is F major followed by E flat major, with the harmony changing once every bar. * The trombone then enters with a sweet and elegant melody of four bars before it is joined by the violin in unison. * Although the tonality here has changed from the previous section, the tempo remains the same and syncopation such as the last bar of the above example, is still evident, maintaining a dance-like feel. * After some interplay between the trombone and violin exchanging variations of the above trombone melody, the piano has a four bar solo which extends and develops ideas from that melody. ...read more.

Conclusion

Is now * This melody is again built upon for seven bars until a climatic unison E leads into another, calmer, seven bars marked rubato, which inturn lead into the final section of the work. Section III (A3) * The coda is a repeat of the introduction with an identical repeating piano accompaniment and theme in the trombone, only now it is in a different tonality, G major. It finishes gently in G major with a final broken chord in the piano. Danzon as the name suggests, is a rhythmical dance of South America and in his Danzon for piano trio, Paquito D'Rivera combines elements of music from his native Cuba with traditional jazz characteristics such as chordal extensions and improvised solos to create a vibrant, exciting work. In its most basic form, it can be said that Danzon is in a loose ternary form with an introduction and a coda and through its syncopated rhythms and energetic melodies, Danzon really lives up to its name. Sources: Internet- www.paquitodrivera.com. ...read more.

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