Seis Manuel

From Wind Repertory Project
Shelley Hanson

Shelley Hanson

Subtitle: From Islas y Montañas

General Info

Year: 2003
Duration: c. 3:25
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $85.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.95


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn (optional)
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Bass Clarinet I-II
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
B-flat Cornet I-II (optional)
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass (optional)
Harp or Synthesizer (optional)
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Guiro
  • Maracas
  • Triangle (optional)


In parts:

  • Horn IV. m.147: Missing # on A Major chord.
  • Trombone II. m.147: Missing # on A Major chord.

Program Notes

The seis is the traditional song and dance form of the Jibaro people, the peasant farmers of the mountains of Puerto Rico. At least 50 distinctive types of seis have been identified, "Seis" means "six" in Spanish; the term originally meant a dance for six men or six couples. The movement Seis Manuel is based on a traditional recurring harmonic pattern called the seis mapeye over which a singer improvises a melody.

Because of the very long history of military bands in Puerto Rico, with a particular importance placed on low brass and clarinets, those instruments are given solos. In keeping with the Puerto Rican tradition of naming a seis after someone important to its creation, this seis was re-named in honor of conductor Manny Laureano, who commissioned and premiered the piece.

This work is part three of the four-movement suite Islas y Montañas.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

  • Texas: IV. Complete


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

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  • Mineola (Tx.) High School Band (Chris Brannan, conductor) - 14 February 2020 (2020 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • Alaska All-State High School Band (Anchorage) (David Vickerman, conductor) – 23 November 2019
  • Westchester (N.Y.) Symphonic Winds (Albert Nguyen, conductor) – 10 November 2019
  • Callanwolde Concert Band (Decatur, Ga.) (Glenn Moore, conductor) – 29 September 2019
  • State University of New York, Potsdam, Symphonic Band (Brian K. Doyle, conductor) – 27 February 2019
  • Shenandoah Conservatory (Winchester, Va.) Concert Band (Alan Johnson, conductor) - 26 February 2019
  • Syracuse University (Syracuse, N.Y.) (Timothy Diem, conductor) – 2 October 2018
  • Allegheny College (Meadville, Penn.) Band Camp for Adult Musicians (Timothy W. Foley, conductor) - 15 June 2018
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Maroon Campus Band (Matthew Pilmer, conductor) – 30 April 2018
  • Lone Star Wind Orchestra (Dallas, Tex.) (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) – 4 March 2018
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  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Symphony Band (Phillip Ostrander, conductor) – 13 October 2017
  • The Gold Coast Band (Boynton Beach, Fla.) (Ken Wilbanks, conductor) – 5 May 2017 (ACB 2017 Annual Convention (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.))
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  • Hanson, S. (2003). Seis Manuel: From Islas y Montañas [score]. Boosey & Hawkes: New York.