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Milonga Ornamental

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Arthur J. Michaels

Arthur J. Michaels

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General Info

Duration: c. 3:50
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Aamano Music
Cost: Score and Parts – Unknown


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Program Notes

Milonga Ornamental is a moderately difficult piece for concert band. The piece pays tribute to milonga, a musical style that began in the Río de la Plata region of Argentina and Uruguay and dates from around the 1870s.

One characteristic of a milonga is the “answering” of melodies and phrases, a characteristic of the payada de contrapunto singing style from which milonga developed. The payadores, with guitar accompaniment, would “answer” each other’s lyrics, improvising in a kind of friendly one-upsmanship-like contest. That characteristic appears throughout this piece, not in lyrics, but in different combinations of band sections “answering” one another in exchanges of two-, four-, and eight-measure phrases. The word "milonga," from Brazilian and African origins, means "words." The title's “Ornamental” describes the piece’s melodic embellishments, mainly sixteenth-note-triplet turns and grace notes.

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

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