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Three Latin American Dances

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Giovanni Santos

Giovanni Santos

General Info

Year: 2020
Duration: c. 15:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $125.00   |   Score Only (print) - $2.00

Movements (order uncertain)

1. La Moto – 4:55
2. Lamento Cubano (Palmarito) – 5:45
3. El Zape – 3:20


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Claves
  • Conga
  • Egg Shaker
  • Glockenspiel
  • Guiro (metal or fiberglass)
  • Marimba
  • Police Whistle
  • Rainstick
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Tenor Drum
  • Triangle
  • Whip
  • Xylophone

Players clapping


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

I grew up listening to music that most people might label Latin Caribbean. When you're born Cuban/Dominican, live in Puerto Rico, then San Diego ... well, you get the idea. Thanks to the wonderful group in the commission consortium, I've been able to make a dream a reality. Each of these movements represent experiences I've had with each of these beautiful cultures.

The first movement represents the busy streets of the Dominican Republic, specifically the city of San Cristobal where I spent many days with my grandparents. The many sounds represent the zooming, honking, and busy lifestyles of the Dominican people. The music also represents the beautiful night skies (last few measures with glockenspiel) and kids playing, waiting for their parents to get home.

The second movement is quite emotional to me. My Cuban family had to leave Cuba as political refugees, escaping the horrors of Communism and poverty. The movement is slow in nature, heavy in emotion, and contemplative. My grandfather used to sing one of his favorite hymns to me quite frequently. It was important to me to include hints of It is Well in this movement. During the editing process of this work, my family lost my grandmother. This movement is dedicated to her, Onelia. Rest in peace, abuelita.

The third movement is composed in the style of a Mexican Huapango, a fun, dance-like cultural party full of festive expression. This movement is dedicated to my wife's family.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • California All-State High School Concert Band (Vu Nguyen, conductor) – 20 February 2022 (2022 CASMEC Conference, Fresno)
  • University of South Florida (Tampa) Wind Ensemble (Marc Sosnowchik, conductor) - 14 October 2021
  • Pierce College (Puyallup, Wash.) Concert Band (Kaitlin Bove, conductor) – 15 March 2020 *Premiere Performance* (scheduled, but concert canceled)

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