Concierto Mexicano Mvt.1





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Published on Feb 14, 2011

Concierto Mexicano written by Kai Stensgaard played by Joe Porter

Piano - Joel Goodfellow


Concierto Mexicano was written in 2003 inspired by Mexican music and culture. The idea to write this piece came from Kai's love of Latin salsa dance music and the spicy Mexicana salsa sauce. Concerto Mexicana is also one of the only concertos for marimba to feature the use of six mallets. The piece is like a journey with many contrasting sections. The first movement builds up to a Mexican Zapateado traditional song called "Aunque me lleve el Diablo". The second movement is inspired by Guatemalan dance rhythms and also a changing feel from a waltz to a 2/4 commonly used in Spanish music. The third movement starts with a salsa rhythm at half tempo. Later the marimba plays the real salsa rhythm and the concerto ends with the waltz from the second movement playing at the same time as the salsa rhythm. It is like when you are walking around "El Zocalo" and you hear several bands playing at the same time. - Program Note by Kai Stensgaard

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