Jose Elizondo

Pan de Azucar

InstrumentationString Orchestra
LengthApproximately 5 minutes
DifficultyModerately easy to moderate
CommentsBrazilian samba for orchestra. Tonal and very lyrical. Akin in style to Villa-Lobos' Bacchianas Brasileiras No. 5. Suitable for professional, community, college, and youth orchestras.
SourcesScore, parts and recording available from Jose Elizondo. Email:
ExtrasAlso suitable for string quintet
HistoryRobert Deutsch, cellist of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, said the following about Pan de Azucar:
I was privileged to have discovered and performed a work of such refreshing charm... The languid sensuality of the second movement, (Pan de Azucar), a Brazilian Samba, is unspeakably beautiful. (RD)
Commissioned by Mexican cellist Carlos Prieto, Pan de Azucar is the second movement of Danzas Latinoamericanas, a suite originally for two cellos, featuring Argentinian, Brazilian and Mexican dances. The transcription for string orchestra was made by the composer for the Panamerican Symphony Orchestra.

Pan de Azucar was premiered February 2000 at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington DC. And it has since been performed in other cities in the United States, as well as in Canada and Argentina. It is scheduled to be performed this Autumn 2000 in England, Mexico and the United States.

ContributorJose Elizondo
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