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#2029086 - 02/08/13 12:42 AM Sheet music for the Argentinian Tango?
nauru Offline
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Registered: 02/07/10
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Can anyone recommend some sheet music for the Argentinian Tango? (i.e. not La Cumparsita)


Edited by nauru (02/08/13 12:45 AM)

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#2029197 - 02/08/13 08:04 AM Re: Sheet music for the Argentinian Tango? [Re: nauru]
bennevis Offline
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Do you like the music of Astor Piazzolla?

There are two volumes of his tango music published by Boosey & Hawkes, called 'El viaje' and 'Vuelvo al sur' respectively, each containing between ten to fifteen tangos for piano solo of intermediate standard. Otherwise, you can probably find piano arrangements of his tangos like Liebertango from various sources.
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#2029596 - 02/09/13 12:25 AM Re: Sheet music for the Argentinian Tango? [Re: nauru]
vers la flan Offline
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Hi nauru, how are you?

Well, this is a pretty broad question. Argentine Tango isn't something that can be categorized as one thing. There are different styles and changes that have come about through its evolution. So it depends on which style you are interested in.

With respect to bennevis, while Piazzolla was a wonderful composer, I believe most Argentine tango aficionados would, at best, recommend his music with a caveat in that his compositions are not widely considered pure tango but rather as a kind of fusion with jazz and some of his classical contrapuntal studies sprinkled in. It is commonly referred to as "tango nuevo," although that term has recently taken on other connotations in the dance community which would be beside the point to go into here.

Anyway, here is a link to a nice collection of scores. Todotango The main site is a good repository of information on all things tango. Enjoy!

#2032790 - 02/13/13 11:40 PM Re: Sheet music for the Argentinian Tango? [Re: nauru]
nauru Offline
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Hi vers la flan, I'm well thank you. How are you?

Thanks for that link! I will mess around with some of those scores. I'm not too fussed about what other 'tango aficionados' like; I'll play what pleases me. I do like some Piazzolla stuff, although not the heavily-overplayed songs such as Libertango.

One that I really like by him is Oblivion, specifically this version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oB-RS000NLs There are other versions of the song which are much faster or thinner in timbre, but the one I've linked is my favourite version by far. Eventually I may just go ahead and write a piano arrangement myself, if I don't find a nice, full-sounding arrangement.

Many of the dance arrangements I come across tend to be too simple for my tastes; repetitive three-note chords in the left hand, and a simplistic single line of melody in the right (maybe with occasional thirds). Whereas my favourite composers like Chopin and Tchaikovsky would interweave several juicy melodies simultaneously while maintaining rhythm at the same time. Ideally that's what I'd like to find for dance music. Although I realize that not everyone is as capable as Chopin (especially not me, which is why I keep waiting for someone else to write it rather than just rearranging things myself!). wink

Edited by nauru (02/13/13 11:42 PM)

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#2033538 - 02/15/13 05:47 AM Re: Sheet music for the Argentinian Tango? [Re: nauru]
vers la flan Offline
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Hi again, nauru. I'm well as well, thanks.

If you like Oblivion, Piazzolla wrote others that were very similar, notably Milonga Del Angel and, one of my favorites, Soledad.

On the subject of dance arrangements, I think it's important to make a distinction between pieces being arranged with dancers in mind--that is, actual "dance music" intended to be danced to--and pieces arranged with the intent of providing a more sophisticated listening experience--that is, dance "based" performance music. Piazzolla's work belongs in the latter group (although he cut his teeth doing the former, as an arranger for the tango orchestra of the great bandoneonist AnĂ­bal Troilo). I'd say Chopin's and Tchaikovsky's work falls into the latter category as well. (Though Tchaikovsky's work was for the ballet, I don't think his waltzes were intended for the popular form of the dance).

This is not to say the former lacks in sophistication. Far from it. But generally, what you find in the sheets are the bare skeletons of the pieces which you can feel free to embellish as you will. Many pieces have been given distinct signatures by the various arrangers and orchestras which have given the music their own particular flavor.



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