18 September, 2021

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Danzón Havana International Festival dedicated to Miguel Failde.

Until next July 16th, the Thirteenth Havana Festival International Danzón  displays its melody range on national TV and online with special motivations: the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba and the centenary of the death of Miguel Failde.

During these days of the Festival, the Key Channel of Cuban Television broadcasts the Danzón Program, carried out by the artistic director Arnaldo Díaz. The orchestras Cubanas Estrellas, Siglo XX, Rubalcaba, Aragón, Sensation, Faílde, Piquete Tipico Cubano, Charanga de Oro and Pablo Diez participate in it.

The centennial musicians Antonio María Romeu, Antonio Arcaño, Odilio Urfé and Félix Reina are also honored at the Danzon Festival; Enrique Jorrín, who would turn 95; and the foundation of the Amigos del Danzón associations, with a relevant highlight for the dancers of Matanzas.

At the Havana Uneac, colloquia, lectures, conferences and master classes have been held with renowned musicians and scholars of the genre.

The lectures “Odilio Urfé, impact and validity of his work for Cuban music and musicology”, by researcher José Reyes Fortún; and “El danzón, integrating symbol of the Cuban”, by the doctor. Eduardo Rensoli Medina.

Likewise, a Master Class on the “Danzón choreographic evolution”, given by professors Osddavi García Fabart and Syria Robles Rojas and the Panel: “The Danzón in the thought of Cuban artists and writers”, made up of the outstanding intellectuals José Loyola , Pedro de la Hoz, Jorge Vistel and the young flutist Ethiel Fernández Failde.

In future broadcasts we will offer more details of the event.

                                                          From the life of cornetist Miguel Failde.


Historians report that Miguel Ramón Demetrio Failde Pérez, creator of the danzón, premiered it in 1889 at the  Matanzas Lyceum.

The first written danzón was Las Alturas de Simpson. On the introduction of the danzón in Havana, there are two versions: one of them is that of Failde, taken from his notes and which is as follows:

“It was here, in Matanzas, where nearly forty years ago the danzón was played and danced under my direction and for the first time. Then I myself took him to Havana and played him and he danced there for the first time also at a family gathering where the famous teacher Raimundo Valenzuela was, who applauded and accepted it as a typical Cuban dance. Professors Tomás Olivera, Félix Cruz, Enrique Urrutia, Caridad Hernández and Pablo Valenzuela, are reliable witnesses of when he said ”.

Among the general repertoire of compositions by Miguel Faílde, they include The Japanese Goddess, Cuba Libre, Yo me voy para el otro mundo, Los mascavidrios, El mondonguito, Antón Pirulero, La serenata de Schubert, Jota Aragonesa, Mamey and zapote, among many other His nephew, Osvaldo Castillo Faílde collected at least 144 danzones composed by the popular Matanzas musician.

His last public performance with his orchestra was in 1920. His death occurred on December 26th, 1921, so this 2021 is dedicated to the centenary of that commemoration.