Black montuno (arrangement for Clarinet in B flat and Piano)

Program note:

Around the time I graduated from Baylor University with my Master’s in Music Composition, I decided to write a work that would serve as my graduation gift for my composition professor Scott McAllister.

McAllister’s “Black Dog” inspired the title of the piece, as well as my Cuban roots. In “Black montuno,” Black comes “Black dog” and montuno, which translates as riff, refers to a musical entity characteristic of Cuban musical genres son and salsa.

For the realization of this work, I composed a montuno and a tune derived from the montuno’s contour, which is deeply influenced by the songs of the Cuban Nueva trova movement. The entire piece grows out of these materials.

*Black montuno was originally composed for Clarinet in Bb and Wind ensemble. 

– Ivette Herryman Rodríguez 

Performed by: Sam Davies, clarinet; Ivette Herryman, piano.


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