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Robert Xavier Rodríguez

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Hot Buttered Rumba (for orchestra) (1996)
G Schirmer Inc
Sub Category
Large Orchestra
Year Composed
5 Minutes
Programme Note
Robert Xavier Rodríguez Hot Buttered Rumba (for orchestra) (1996)
Related works:
   Hot Buttered Rumba (for orchestra)
   Hot Buttered Rumba (for piano)

Festive and light-hearted in character, Hot Buttered Rumba employs the traditional Afro-Cuban dance rhythm with accents on one, four, and seven in an eight-beat pattern. Structurally, the work consists of alternating variations on two short related themes: one in major key, one in minor.

In a contrasting middle section the driving rumba rhythm begins to waver as the composer playfully depicts the intoxicating influence of the celebrated beverage which gives the work its title. After some tipsy rhythmic wobbles and a gleeful outburst of orchestral glissandi, the rumba regains its former footing and roars to a brilliant conclusion. The musical language of Hot Buttered Rumba is tonal, with affectionate evocations of traditional rumba rhythmic and melodic motifs.

Six effervescent minutes of Cuban dance energy...a little tipsy...with its bright Bernsteinian harmonies, its supple Latin dance rhythms and its controlled sexy dynamic swells and ritards. There is a good deal of hidden skill to making a piece like this, and also to making it work in performance… pure joy.
Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times,01/01/0001
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