Chavez 1927

From Wind Repertory Project
Giovanni Santos

Giovanni Santos

General Info

Year: 2022
Duration: c. 10:05
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Giovanni Santos
Cost: Score and Parts – Available July 2023


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Anvil and/or Brake Drum
  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Claves
  • Concert Toms
  • Cowbell
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Temple Blocks
  • Tom-Toms (large)
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone

Players clapping


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Program Notes

César Chávez (1927-1993) was a Mexican-American civil rights activist and leader. Chávez co-founded the National Farm Workers Association, alongside Dolores Huerta. His enduring fight for equal rights and humane working conditions led the way for a nation-wide revolution. Among many recognitions, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1994).

This work explores quotes attributed to César Chávez. These quotes have endured time and paint a powerful picture into the mind of a father, husband, leader, activist, a revolutionary and American.

Each section of this work is represented by the following quotes:

"There's no turning back...we will win. We are winning because ours is a revolution of the mind and heart"

"We draw our strength from the despair in which we have been forced to live. We shall endure."

"The fight is never about grapes or lettuce. It is always about people."

"Preservation of one's own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other culture."

"We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community."

Reflections, hunger

"History will judge societies and governments, not by how big they are or how well they serve the rich and powerful, but by how effectively they respond to the needs of the poor and the helpless."

"Si, se puede!" Yes we can! – D. Huerta

"True worth is not measured in money or status or power. It is measured in the legacy we leave behind for those we love and those we inspire."

- Program Note by composer


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