Lamento Cubano

From Wind Repertory Project
Giovanni Santos

Giovanni Santos (arr. David Wacyk)

This is a flexible instrumentation version of the second movement of Three Latin American Dances

Subtitle: Palmarito, Cuba

General Info

Year: 2021
Duration: c. 4:50
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $80.00

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1, High Woodwinds

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • E-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Soprano Saxophone
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone

Part 2, Mid-High Instruments

  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Soprano Saxophone
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone

Part 3, High Brass

  • B-flat Soprano Saxophone
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Horn in F

Part 4, Low Woodwinds and Low Brass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Claves
  • Conga
  • Egg Shaker
  • Guiro
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Tenor Drum
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

I composed this movement with a heavy heart. This movement represents reflections of the past. A sad truth, a life stripped of happiness and freedom, and no other choice but to leave this beautiful island.

- Program Note by composer

Dedicated to my dear grandmother, Onelia Santos.

- Program Note from score

Performance Notes

The percussion parts are mostly meant to sound free, with a sense of randomness. Although the movement is marked adagio, the conductor has lots of liberties for expressive decisions. The conductor is given freedom to phrase the entire movement to their liking.

All four parts are divided at times, creating horn-like sounds (traffic). Ideally, parts 1,2, and 4 have at least 2 players, and part 3 has at least 3 players. Otherwise, players may choose their line.

If the suggested instrumentation will not work for your situation, feel free to be creative. Fully adaptable parts have been included.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Hood College (Frederick, Md.) Wind Ensemble (Brian Hinkley, conductor) - 25 April 2023
  • University of the Pacific (Stockton, Calif.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Vu Nguyen, conductor) - 5 October 2022
  • Ohio State University (Columbus) Collegiate Winds (Jay Wardeska, conductor) - 28 September 2021 *Premiere Performance*

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