Antonio Arcaño

Antonio Arcaño Betancourt (Atarés, Havana 29 December 1911 – 1994) was a Cuban flautist, bandleader and founder of Arcaño y sus Maravillas, one of Cuba's most successful charangas. He retired from playing in 1945, but continued as director of the group until its dissolution in 1958.[1][2] Despite his early retirement due to health problems, he is considered one of the most influential flautists in Cuba.[3]

Antonio Arcaño
Antonio Arcaño in 1970.
Antonio Arcaño in 1970.
Background information
Birth nameAntonio Arcaño Betancourt
Born(1911-12-29)29 December 1911
Havana, Cuba
Died1994 (aged 82–83)
Occupation(s)Musician, bandleader
Associated actsArmando Valdespí, Orquesta Gris, La Maravilla del Siglo, Arcaño y sus Maravillas

After leaving La Maravilla del Siglo, a very popular charanga, Arcaño founded La Maravilla de Arcaño, later known as Arcaño y sus Maravillas. The band featured the López brothers, Israel López "Cachao" and Orestes López, composers and multi-instrumentalists that originated the danzón-mambo, the direct precursor of the mambo, through compositions such as "Rareza de Melitón", "Se va el matancero" and, above all, "Mambo", the piece that lent its name to the genre.[4][5] Arcaño was posthumously inducted into the International Latin Music Hall of Fame in 2000.[6]

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  1. ^ Miller, Sue (2013). Cuban Flute Style: Interpretation and Improvisation. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press. p. 71. ISBN 9780810884427.
  2. ^ Díaz Ayala, Cristóbal (Fall 2013). "Orquesta Maravilla de Arcaño" (PDF). Encyclopedic Discography of Cuban Music 1925-1960. Florida International University Libraries. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  3. ^ Orovio, Helio (2004). Cuban Music from A to Z. Bath, UK: Tumi Music. p. 17.
  4. ^ Conzo, Joe; Pérez, David A. (2010). Mambo Diablo: My Journey With Tito Puente. Bloomington, IN: Authorhouse. p. 81. ISBN 9781452082813.
  5. ^ Acosta, Leonardo (2006). "La realidad sobre la descarga". Otra visión de la música popular cubana (in Spanish). Barranquilla, Colombia: La Iguana Ciega.
  6. ^ "International Latin Music Hall of Fame Announces Year 2000 Inductees". 1 March 2000. Retrieved 31 October 2015.