"La Mariposa", or "The Butterfly" in English, gives students exposure to Latin music in the form of the Mambo. The Mambo is a syncopated style of music and dance that originated in Cuba in the early 1900s.
Alternating between D major and D minor, the melodic material in "La Mariposa", composed by Lorrie Baum, is evenly distributed between the high and low strings. The easy optional percussion parts add great dimension to the Latin feel of this piece.
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