This exuberant work is imbued with Spanish stylistic musical elements. Colorful rhythms are tossed around the first movement while the second movement displays the sensitive emotional core of the composition. The final Flamenco movement is a technical tour de force which shows off the entire ensemble.
Genre: Band | # of Players: Standard Level: 4 | Duration: 8:05
Program Notes Danzas Brillantes is a three-movement work for band. The composition was commissioned by Stephen E. Panoff and the Tallwood High School Symphonic Band of Virgina Beach in memory of Maria S. Diaz, a superb horn player and 2000 graduate of Tallwood High School who died tragically in a car accident in August 2001. The composition was composed as a celebration of her life and a monument to her ceaseless spirit while applauding the achievement of this great ensemble which she loved so much. Maria gave a phenomenal performance of my virtuoso work "Movement for Horn and Band" in May 2000. I was very taken with her awesome artistry. Therefore, I am honored to have been chosen by Maria's parents to compose a piece in her memory.