The first movement is 'Salsa' - a fast, lively dance which has its origins in Puerto Rico and Cuba.
The second movement is a 'Bossa Nova' from the beaches of Brazil, a much more relaxed and quiet style of music.
The suite picks up the pace to close with a 'Rumba' from Cuba.
The 3 dances in this set each use a repeating 2 measure claves pattern of 2+3 or 3+2, which is often used in contemporary Latin music. Also, each movement begins with the same 5 note motif, beginning on the 5th scale degree of the key (5-6-5-4-5) and then 'spins' out and develops melodic material within the movement.
Latin American Dances 2 was premiered by and is dedicated to the Austin Symphonic Band and its director Richard Floyd.
- I. Salsa
- II. Bossa Nova
- III. Rumba