for brass octet (arr.)

(also available for violin and piano, flute and guitar, and flute and piano)


Performed by the Latin Brass Ensemble


Duration: 3 minutes


  • 4 Bb trumpets

  • 2 tenor trombones

  • 1 bass trombone

  • 1 tuba

Also available for:

12-part brass ensemble (same octet plus 4 French horns)              (if you are interested in that version, please contact the composer)


About the work


Marinera Norteña is a Peruvian courtship dance that uses handkerchiefs as a means of expression. It consists of three parts: an introduction, where the two dancers invite each other to dance, a central courtship part, “paseo”, where they greet and get closer to each other, and a final and energetic part, “zapateo”, in which both dancers stomp their feet rhythmically on the ground, while challenging each other to continue their courtship. The dance is usually performed twice; the first time it ends in a very intimate pose, while the second time it ends with the woman in a triumphant pose and the man on his knees beside her, surrendering himself to her.

As a musical genre, the Marinera fuses several different influences present in Peruvian culture: on one side, Spanish influences can be heard in the harmony, the melodic ornaments, and the metric structure that alternates between 3/4 and 6/8. At the same time, the use of bimodality is characteristic of Andean music. The Marinera also reveals influence of African music, especially in the use of the cajón, an instrument of Afro-Peruvian origin, which always accompanies the sung Marinera.

"Surquillo" was commissioned by Cecilia Pinto, young violinist and marinera dancer who is a good friend of the composer. Surquillo means “little groove”, and is the name of the Lima district where Cecilia lived for many years.