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La Comparsa

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Ernesto Lecuona

Ernesto Lecuona (arr. Ben Walker)

Subtitle: from Danzas Afro-Cubanos Suite

General Info

Year: 1912 / 2014
Duration: c. 2:20
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: TRN Music Pub.
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


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

  • Bongos
  • Castanets
  • Maracas
  • Snare Drum
  • Tom-Tom


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Lecuona first used his melody La Comparsa in his first ballet of the same name, composed in 1912. He later reused the melody and included it in his piano suite Danzas Afro-Cubanas. La Comparsa is a carnival procession in the Cuban style, beginning quite softly as if the procession were approaching from a distance. The piece culminates as the procession passes directly in front of the listener and then fades as it moves on its way.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant) Wind Symphony (James Batcheller, conductor) – 26 November 2019

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