6) Seis Manuel – Shelley Hanson
The “seis” is a traditional song and dance form of the Jibaro people, who farm in the mountains ofPuerto Rico. More than 50 kinds of seis have been identified. The word also means “six,” and originally meant a dance for six people or couples. What we’re going to play is the third movement of a four-part suite called Islands and Mountains. The prominence of the brass and clarinets in Seis Manuel reflects the importance and history of these instruments in Puerto Rican military bands. Here is Shelley Hanson’s Seis Manuel.
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