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Merengue Madness

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Allen Molineux

Allen Molineux

General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 4:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manuscript
Cost: Contact Allen Molineux


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 Contra Alto Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Agogo Bells
  • Bass Drum
  • Cabasa
  • Coebell
  • Maracas
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle

The work is scored in such a way, via cues, doublings and importance of parts, that this piece can be played by bands that have less than full instrumentation.


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The genesis of this work came from the composer’s composition for trumpet and piano called Dysfunctional Dances. The central movement, a Half-baked Habanera, needed a lively contrasting middle section, so he wrote a brief merengue tune (the merengue is a popular dance from the Caribbean, especially the Dominican Republic) that not only was unstable harmonically, but also unable to do anything other than repeat itself (with some embellishment) in a few other keys before disintegrating back to the habanera. Now what possessed him to take that short, highly limited, silly tune and create a band work out of it, is just one example of the madness to which the title refers.

The remainder of its madness comes through the kaleidoscopic approach to how it and the other tunes appear and the never ending series of instrumental scoring changes. Together they create a mild case of zaniness which only dissipates once the concluding section, which has the two primary tunes played against each other in the major mode, is reached.

- Program Note from Cypress Symphonic Band concert program, 1 July 2017

Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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  • Cypress Symphonic Band (Houston, Tex.) (Clarence Weeks, conductor) – 1 July 2017

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