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Ivette Herryman Rodríguez

Ivette Herryman Rodríguez

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Subtitle: A Concertino for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble

General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 13:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ivette Herryman Rodríguez
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

Around the time I graduated from Baylor University with my master’s in music composition, I decided to write a work that would serve as my graduation gift for my professor Scott McAllister.

McAllister’s Black Dog inspired the title of my piece as well as my Cuban roots. In my piece’s title, Black Montuno, black comes Black Dog and montuno, which translates as riff, refers to a musical entity characteristic of son and salsa, both musical genres of the Cuban popular music of the 20th century. These are still active in the current Cuban musical scene.

For the realization of this work, I composed a montuno and a tune derived from my montuno’s intonations, which is deeply influenced by the songs of the Cuban Nueva Trova movement. The whole piece departs from these materials.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

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  • University of North Florida (Jacksonville) Wind Symphony (Erin Bodnar, conductor; Sunshine Simmons, clarinet) - 11 October 2021
  • University of West Georgia (Carrollton) Symphonic Band (Cale Self, conductor; Chris Mothersole, clarinet) - 24 February 2020
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Symphony Band (Caroline Hand, conductor; Elizabeth Crawford, clarinet) – 20 April 2018
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Symphony Band (John T. Madden, conductor; Sam Davies, clarinet) – 2 February 2017 *Premiere Performance*

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