Repertoire Search

Poul Ruders

Publisher: Edition Wilhelm Hansen

Cha Cha Cha (1981)
Wilhelm Hansen
Solo Works (excluding keyboard)
Year Composed
15 Minutes

Buy this work
Worldwide Sales   North American Sales
Full Score Full Score

Programme Note
Poul Ruders Cha Cha Cha (1981)
A one man show for Jan Williams

This piece makes the final part of a trilogy of compositions all dealing with Latin American rhythms and percussion-instruments. The two other pieces are: Wind-Drumming for perc.-quartet and wind-quintet, and Carnival for electric alto-flute and foot-bongos (one player).

As to this present piece, the “red thread” rhythm is that of the classic Cuban “cha-cha-cha”, but otherwise the piece can easily be considered a veritable merry-go-round of exciting Latin American rhythm-patterns: sambas, Baiao, Calypso, Mambo, Afro-Cuban 6/8 a.s.o.

It’s a one man show, however, and as such a tricky thing to do; exhausting and a real “toughy”. I should like the “one man” to include the “sweating of hard labour” in the performance as a clear theatrical element: to enter on stage, elegantly dressed up in a white tuxedo and crimson bow-tie, and then, after the performance, almost flee from the horrible drum-kit to the bow-wowing noise of the cuica.

- Poul Ruders

  • Soloist(s)
    Gert Sørensen (perc)
Close X

Newsletter Signup

Please fill in this form to receive regular news

Click here to receive regular news
© Copyright 2014 Music Sales Classical. Part of the Music Sales Group.