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Mambo Nights

Digital Sheet Music [PDF]: Score

Mambo Nights : for orchestra [eScore] / Daniel Rojas.

by Daniel Rojas (2019)

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  • Instrumentation: 2 flutes (doubling piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets (doubling bass clarinet in Bb), 2 bassoons (doubling contrabassoon), 4 French horns, 3 trumpets in C, 2 tenor trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (3 players), harp, strings (incl 3 double bass soli).
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Mambo Nights for Orchestra is a homage to my younger years, the period of my life spent performing as a pianist with various Latin American dance ensembles. It is an entertaining yet trenchant overture, reminiscent of the kind of dancing, relationships, and nocturnal lifestyle implicit in the title. In this work I reminisce about the billows of joy, feverish ironies and poignant struggles I recall of my younger years.

Conceptually, Mambo Nights is a dialogue between frivolity and a quest for existential meaning. There are distinct Latin American elements in this composition, not the least is the use of Afro-Cuban music by way of the clave and related son-montuno-mambo rhythmic elements; there is also a section that suggests a Colombian cumbia beginning in bar 210. Further influences can be heard as echoes of Bartok, Stravinsky and Ginastera.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 digital (PDF) facsimile score (44p. -- A3 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — Latin Rhythms and some irregular meters

Duration: 9 mins

Includes programme note.

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc. associated with this work:
Bartok, Stravinsky, Ginastera, Silvestre Revueltas, Salsa, Cuban, South American folk, Latin American music, clave, son-montuno, mambo.

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