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Today in WMH: Cuban Inspiration.

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2/17 Today in Weird Music History: 1947. The premiere of Aaron Copland’s Danzon Cubano, one in a line of Cuban-themed works by American composers. These pieces were largely inspired, not by immigrants, but by vacations.  Until the 1959 revolution, Cuba was a popular vacation destination for Americans.  Fascination with the island’s music led to a variety of works, from George Gershwin’s Cuban Overture to Desi Arnaz’s Babalu!

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