Three Costa Rican Dances (score & parts) - 4BSN
Composer: Duarte, Ulpiano
Publisher: Edition Viento
for four bassoons
by Ulpiano Duarte (1929-2015) - Costa Rican composer and marimba player
Arranged by Gerardo Duarte. The traditional music in Costa Rica, as in other countries of Latin America, is a syncretism between two cultures: European and native. The majority of the music that one knows as "traditional Costa Rican Music" descended from old European dances in 3/4 meter.
The native component tends to be in the added rhythms such as the syncopation, the counterpoint and the accents, especially int he percussion instruments. These were danced, however, in our time, they are performed in regional festivals, performances, and outdoor concerts with groups such as small bands called 'filharmonias', marimbas, and orchestras, among others.
"Dudas" is a pasillo that probably was composed for the filharmonia de Santa Cruz, Guanacaste (a province in the north of Costa Rica), although the composer is unknown, it has passed from generation to generation by oral transmission. The waltz "Flor de Receda" is a slow waltz and was written originally for the marimba criolla (an instrument with two parts played by five or seven players). The Danzon is a dance, originally from Cuba, in the form of a rondo. Around 1940, it became popular throughout Latin America and since that time it took root in Costa Rica as a traditional music genre. Panguito (diminutive of piangua, a popular name of a certain mollusk) is a piece also composed by Duarte, dedicated to a popular man in his native city.