To Pernambuco with Love

From Wind Repertory Project
Yahn Wagner

Yahn Wagner

This work is also known by its Portuguese title, Para Pernambuco com amor.

General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 17:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Unpublished
Cost: Score and Parts - Free. Contact Yahn Wagner


1.Introduction and Frevo
2. Percussion Interlude and Clash of the Bands
3. Percussion Interlude and Energized Maracatú


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone I-II
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium I-II
Percussion (5 players), including:

  • Agogo Bells
  • Bass Drum, marching and concert
  • Cowbell
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Drum Set
  • Glockenspiel
  • Pandeiro
  • Police Whistle
  • Roto-toms (4)
  • Slapstick
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle, high, low and mid


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

To Pernambuco with Love is an homage to the people and the culture of one of the most musical and welcoming Brazilian states: Pernambuco. The piece is an invitation to a particular musical tour in Pernambuco, in which the listeners can witness the composer's impression of Pernambuco music and life. Street music is an essential aspect of Pernambuco's spirit, in especial, some genres usually played during the carnival, such as Frevo, Maracatú, and Manguebit.

Structured in three uninterrupted movements, the piece starts with a historical and chronological approach to the street music of this magical place. Thus, the first movement explores the different instrumental combinations that were common throughout the four centuries of street music in Pernambuco that led to the roots of Frevo, the primary genre that motivated the first two movements. The second movement is, then, inspired by the dynamics of the Pernambuco street Frevo during the carnival, such as the clash of the bands. The third movement is moved by other musical genres, called Maracatú and Manguebit. They both share common roots with Frevo. This becomes evident towards the ending of the piece, where all the musical styles and components are integrated into a colossal and almost chaotic clash of ideas. And, of course, the chaos leads the listener to experience the only possible ending for this carnival-like exploration, a piece for a place where its music blends with its people's life and heart.

- Program Note by composer


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Duke (Durham, N.C.) Wind Symphony (Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, conductor) – 24 February 2018 *Premiere Performance*

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