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Three Latin Dances

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Jeff Tyzik

Jeff Tyzik

General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Tyzik Music
Cost: Score and Parts (Digital) - $250.00 (available 1 June 2019)

Movements (played without pause)

1. Danzón
2. Cha Cha
3. Malambo


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
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
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Claves
  • Conga
  • Cowbell
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Guiro
  • Shakers
  • Snare Drum
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Three Latin Dances was composed for the Eastman Wind Ensemble at the request of Mark Scatterday in September of 2018. In the past twenty years, Mark has been very instrumental in encouraging me to compose wind music. I am grateful for the many wind ensemble projects and recordings we have collaborated on including IMAGES, our CD that was released in October 2018.

I’ve always been attracted to the music of great Latin composers, including de Falla, Gimenez, Chapi, Piazzolla, Ginastera, Lacuona, and many others. In this short suite, I used three different popular Latin dance forms. The first dance section is based on the Danzón, a Cuban dance that is slow, formal, and elegant. The Danzón transitions into a Cha Cha, another Cuban dance that is a medium tempo rhythmic dance that I first experienced during my student days at Eastman when I played in local Latin bands. After a brief recap of the Danzón, another transition evolves into a Malambo, an Argentine dance that is exciting, up-tempo, and whose roots can be traced back to the 1600s.

As one might imagine, the percussion section is very busy and featured throughout, from the elegant and lyrical introduction to the exciting finish.

- Program Note by composer

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

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To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Penn State University (University Park) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Dennis Glocke, conductor) – 5 March 2020
  • Collins High School (Suwanee, Ga.) Wind Symphony (Jeremy Lumpkin, conductor) – 31 January 2020
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Symphony (Jochen McEvoy, conductor) – 21 November 2019
  • Ohio University (Athens) Wind Symphony (Slade Denman, conductor) – 24 September 2019
  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Mark Scatterday, conductor) – 6 May 2019 *Premiere Performance*

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