CUBANACAN -- Suite for Flute, Piano and Percussion - 1 Rumba

from by Andres Fernandez, Composer

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Rumba is a popular dance with Cubans prior to the 1950's and the advent of Cha-Cha. This version starts out very softly and sparsely with conga drum, cow bell and flute stating the movement's 12 tone melody. It is soon joined by the piano and a continuous development of various permutations of the twelve tones -- prime (or original) row, the inverse, retrograde and retrograde of the inversion. No tone can be played until all have been sounded in a set of randomly ordered twelve tones. The result can be from simple unrelated harmonies to highly dissonant, and unrelated, counterpoint. Subjective choices in ordering the row at its inception can take the sound to extremes of dissonances or phasing of a minor second; all for effect.


from Sampler 2009​-​10 Recent Music, released April 11, 2011
These works were composed on Finale music software by MakeMusic Inc. Since a score is also produced in manuscript form, the piece can be performed and recorded by live musicians. My interest is in sharing my work with listeners and musicians and have the work performed as it is intended; by live musicians.




Andy Fernandez, Composer Rochester, New York

I'm a Cuban-American composer who returned to composing contemporary classical music in 2009; at age 66. I began writing music at Robert Wesleyan College in Rochester NY. BA in music and English Lit. I put music aside to make a living and just restarted when I retired.
I'm working with Ivan Trevino, at the Hochstein School's Music Lab. Ivan plays with cello rock band Break of Reality.
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