The music of Latin America is as rich, diverse and stimulating as its unique culture. European, African & Indian influences have blended to create energetic rhythms and intriguing melodies that break away from their traditional origins, creating a sound that is distinctly Latin. Discover the allure of passionate and dynamic music.
Latin Favorites For Alto Sax published by Santorella Publications has it all. Each book in the series includes a piano with Latin percussion accompaniment CD. This Santorella Publication is arranged and edited by Jonathon Robbins in accommodating keys for trumpet, clarinet, flute, alto sax & trombone. A piano accompaniment book is available & sold separately.
Includes: Adôs Muchachos (Farewell Boys) • Adiós Vida Mia • Allá en el Rancho Grande (My Ranch) • Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy) • Amor • Bésame Mucho • Brazil (Aquarela Do Brasil) • Camnito (Little Lane) • Cosé, Cosé, Cosé • Cuando Calienta El Sol (Love Me with All Your Heart) • Cuantu Le Gusta (La Parranda) • Cu-Cu-Rru-Cu-Cü, Paloma (Coo Coo Roo Coo Coo, Paloma) • El Cumbancho (Rumba Guaracha) • Granada (Fantasia Espanola) Guadalajara (Canciôn Tipica de Jalisco) • Historia de un Amor (The Story of Love) • Maria Elena • Más Que Nada (Say No More) • Mi Rival (My Rival) • Perfidia • Quizás, Quizás, Quizás (Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps) • Rico Vacilón • Siempre en Mi Corazón (Always in My Heart) • Solamente Una Vez (You Belong to My Heart) • Tico-Tico (Tico-Tico No Fubá) • Tres Palabras (Without You)
A Little Latin History
Latin America is composed of nearly three dozen independent nations, colonies and other political units that continue to have special relationships with the United States, Great Britain, France and the Netherlands. These areas, originally inhabited by the Inca, Mayan and Aztec Indians, were consumed by European explorers throughout the 16th and 17th centuries.
Expeditions to the New World, not only brought foreign people who spoke in strange tongues but they brought enslavement and brutality as well. By the mid-1500’s, nearly seventy-five percent of the native population had disappeared due the settlers’ cruelty and to the spread of small pox and measles, to which they had no natural immunity.
Within two hundred years, Spaniards had explored and conquered most of what is now known as Mexico, Central America and South America. Other European countries, including Great Britain, France, Portugal and the Netherlands, soon followed, gathering bands of adventurous men for expeditions to the West. Each country collected colonies on the mainland as well as throughout the Caribbean. These islands were valuable in two respects; not only were they perfect stepping stones for exploration on the mainland, but they were also full of lucrative sugar fields. However, colonial occupation would not last.
After centuries of dominance fed by the American and French revolutions, most Latin American countries won their independence from the European nations by 1825. Dictatorships flourished once the newly formed nations tried to establish their freedom. Political instability continued to soar into the twentieth century with revolutions igniting in five Latin countries.
Though these countries are free today, the impact of the European influence on all aspects of the culture is undeniable. Since the time of the European conquests in Latin America, the development of various art forms have shown the influence of Indian heritage and that of American and European contributions. Upon arrival, Europeans marveled at the Indians’ accomplishments in gold and silver artistry as well as their creativity and ingenuity in architecture. These influences emerged throughout the colonial period. Gothic churches were painted in the Italian tradition, buildings were constructed in Spanish & Portuguese styles and Latin countries adopted an ornate, eclectic palette of style & color that is unmatched.
Parallel to the eclectic nature of Latin art is the diverse blend that characterizes Latin music. Music, like art, saw European and African influences emerge in its use of European instruments and African rhythms. This created a unique blend as diverse in its origin as the people themselves. This combination of sounds mixed in varying proportions, would lead to lively, passionate music popularity known as rumba, samba, mambo, tango and salsa. Today’s cultures all over the world embrace and admire Latin American art and music. The 21st century can look forward to the evolution of Latin music as it fuses with sounds from other cultures to create fresh, kaleidoscopic styles that will be welcome additions to the Latin palette.