|Instrumentation:||cello and orchestra (with or without piano)|
|Work Type:||Cello and Orchestra|
Danzas Latinoamericanas (Latin American Dances) is a 10-minute suite in three movements. Its movements can be performed independently. It was originally commissioned by Mexican cellist Carlos Prieto. It is based on some of the national dances of Argentina, Brazil and Mexico respectively. The first movement, Otoño en Buenos Aires (Autumn in Buenos Aires), is indebted to the concert-style tango of Astor Piazzolla, as well as the extraordinary songs of Carlos Gardel. Pan de Azúcar (Sugar Loaf) is named after the famous mountain in Rio de Janeiro. It echoes the sensuous music of Antonio Carlos Jobim and the exuberant vitality of the works of Heitor Villa-Lobos. His synthesis of the Brazilian folk tradition and of late Romantic string writing provided a major inspiration for this movement. Elizondo’s creative use of pizzicato produces textures that are playful, delicate and dance-like, supporting the lyrical melodies. At other times, the syncopated motives evoke a more sentimental mood. Atardecer Tapatío (Sunset in Guadalajara) is inspired by Mexican folk dance music and the sound of “mariachi” bands. Elizondo doesn’t shy away from using simple, standard forms as a canvas for his joyful melodies. This music is a tribute to the composer’s homeland.