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Efraín Amaya

Efraín Amaya

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General Info

Year: 2002
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: LaFi Publishers
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $80.00   |   Score Only (print) - $16.00


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Program Notes

Parasol (literally "stop-sun" in Spanish) was written for the Shaler Middle School Honor's Band. Since it was written for young players I wanted to write a piece that was challenging and yet engaging for them. Parasol is based on the "clave" rhythmical pattern that it is so much used in Latin American folk music. This pattern is the frame for a very catchy tune, which is orchestrated differently each time creating different "shades" of the same up-beat music.

Throughout the winter of 2002 when I wrote this piece, I had been yearning for the times when I was young and lived in Caracas. Back then; I used to go to the beach every weekend. The beaches in Venezuela are fantastic and the one thing that will amaze you right away is the sun and its light. The sun at these beaches is both a blessing in its clear light and a deadly weapon to your skin. To survive in these beaches you needed either a palm tree or a parasol. Once you were in the shade there was nothing to stop you from happiness.

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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Amaya, E. (2002). Parasol: For Wind Ensemble [score]. LaFi Publishers: Pittsburgh, Penn.
  • Efraín Amaya website Accessed 27 December 2020
  • The Horizon Leans Forward..., compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 243.