Original Latin Songs for Beginning String Orchestra: Sambasaurus and Mimi's Minor Mambo

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Beginning string ensembles will enjoy "Mimi's Minor Mambo," a dance tune inspired by the traditional Afro-Cuban music played by the Caribbean island nation's charanga ensembles. Charanga, sometimes called the grandfather of salsa, combines several European musical ideas—such as harmony, instrumentation, and form—with the complex rhythmic structures of Afro-Cuban music. "Sambasaurus" is inspired by Brazilian samba. Expand your skill sets by playing these two originals with your string quintet or student string orchestra.

 

Also available is the audio download of each song performed by the Real Vocal String Quartet.

Arranged by Mimi Rabson.

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