"Chacarera" - a graceful and dignified dance for couples, usually in syncopated triple rhythm, that spread from Lima to much of South America. It was derived from the Spanish, the Indians and the Incas, and was a favourite folk dance of the gaucho from the pampas of Argentina.
"Fandanguillo" - the fandango is derived from the jotas of Northern Spain, and was originally a lively dance. The more serious ones became the fandangos grandes, while the lighter and gayer ones became the fandanguillos, or little fandangos. In the village of Rocio there is a three day religious pilhgrimage, followed by three days of gaiety imbued with countless fandanguillos from far and wide which are marked by poetic verse of great beauty.
Two Hispanic dance forms arranged for the standard saxophone quartet of Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone.
Born in Manchester, Gordon Lewin studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music. He played for two seasons with Southport Municipal Orchestra, then spent five years in the RAF.
1946 found him in London doing studio work for films, radio and TV. He was a member of the Krein Saxophone Quartet, the Melachrino Orchestra and the BBC TV Orchestra. He performed on over 100 film soundtracks. TV series include 'Dr. Who', 'Blake's Seven', 'Hancock's Half Hour', the 'Goon Show', and 'Carry On' films.
He lives in Middlesex and from 1970 to 1991 he taught clarinet, saxophone and arranging in the Music Department of Middlesex Polytechnic. He was Chairman of the Clarinet and Saxophone Society 1986 - 1989. He has over 70 published arrangements and compositions specialising in woodwind.