There are two types of 'Danza puertorriquena': romantica and festiva. Although they have similar rhythms, the festiva is usually faster and 'happy'. During the first section of the festiva, called 'paseo'(stroll), the dancers walk in circle
around the dance floor. Then, after the typical and necessary fermata on the dominant chord, the dance starts.
'Tiripitapate' was originally composed for piano solo and won second place in the 2015 Manuel G. Tavarez Composition Contest of the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture. The music was arranged for clarinet ensemble by the composer, and premiered
by the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico Clarinet Choir, directed by Prof. Kathleen Jones. It is scored for E-flat soprano clarinet, 3 B-flat clarinets, Alto Clarinet or Basset Horn, and Bass Clarinet. 2 Stands of the B-flat Clarinet parts
are included; 1 of each of the others. Both full score and parts are included in the set.
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