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Cuban Overture


Originally entitled 'Rumba', Gershwin's  Cuban Overture was a was written some time following a two-week holiday which he took in Havana in February 1932. The overture is dominated by Caribbean rhythms and Cuban native percussion, with a wide spectrum of instrumental colour and technique. It is a rich and exciting work with complexity and sophistication, illustrating the influence of Cuban music and dance. Although it received it’s première under the title 'Rumba', it was renamed Cuban Overture three months later at a benefit concert conducted by Gershwin at the Metropolitan Opera to avoid giving audience the idea that it was simply a novelty item. The new title provided, as the composer stated, “a more just idea of the character and intent of the music”.

Item Code: TPBB-004
Duration: c.6'20"
Grade: 1st Section and above

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