*Souvenir of Guanajuato: Suite on Mexican Themes, (for string orchestra, grade 5) Mike Curtis – Arranged by Charles Heiden – published by Advance Music (www.advancemusic.com)
6-movement suite (12’): for string orchestra I. Plaza del Baratillo (Plaza of the Cheapskate) Around a Florentine fountain given to the city by the Emperor Maximilian, every day is a bartering market day, and the Cheapskate could be the merchant or the customer. II. El Burro Viejo (The Old Donkey) Outside the Alhondiga (a granary where a fierce revolutionary battle was fought), a patient Burro awaits an arduous journey up the cobblestoned alleys of the hillsides. III. La Banda del Estado (The State Band) Every Sunday, from the ornate bandstand among the laurel trees of the Jardin union, come the sounds of marches, opera overtures, and paso dobles played by the uniformed professionals of the Guanajuato State Band. IV. Dulcinea Guanajuato is home to the International Cervantes Festival and this is a tribute to Don Quixote's illusory sweetheart. V. Sancho Danza Sancho Panza, the faithful, long-suffering squire to Don Quixote, deserves his own tribute, since the book was not named for him.VI. La Rana Loca (The Crazy Frog) The frog is the local mascot to the oasis that is Guanajuato, with its reservoirs and underground river. A local cafe, "The Crazy Frog," is a colorful watering hole.
The version for full orchestra (2222, 2221, perc., str.) by Heiden is available from the composer: Mike Curtis, MSS Publications, 215 W. 35th Pl., Eugene OR 97405. Tel. (541) 485-9425
Toolbox for Rhythm and Counting
Bicinium (1598)by Giacomo Gastoldi, ed by Charles Heiden
A 2-voiced instrumental composition without barlines, scored by Charles Heiden for string orchestra or for chamber group (2 to 5 instruments) as an exercise in counting and independence. Performance is from score or from the parts which are published in the scorebook.2 score/part books, with CD (contains add-instrument).................................$12.00 20 Copy set, 1 CD (permission to copy extras).….........................................$ 25.00
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*For string orchestra. Heiden's arrangement, published in Germany by Advance (www.advancemusic.com) , is available in the U.S. through Kendor. (www.kendormusic.com). The full orchestra version by Heiden is available from Mike Curtis. MSS Publications/852 Lower Garden Valley Rd. / Roseburg, OR 97470 (541) 440-9680.
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