The Art of Tango offers a systematic exploration of the performance, arrangement and composition of the universally popular tango. The author discusses traditional practices, the De Caro school and the pioneering oeuvre of four celebrated innovators: Pugliese, Salgán, Piazzolla and Beytelmann.
With an in-depth focus on both reception and practice, the volume and its companion website featuring supplementary audio-visual materials analyse, decode, compare and discuss literature, scores and recordings to provide a deeper understanding of tango’s artistic concepts, characteristics and techniques. River Plate tango is explored through the lens of artistic research, combining the study of oral traditions and written sources. In addition to a detailed examination of the various approaches to tango by the musicians featured in this book, three compositions by the author embodying creative applications of the research findings are discussed. The volume offers numerous tools for developing skills in practice, inspiring new musical output and the continuation of research endeavours in the field.
Illustrating the many possibilities of this musical language that has captivated musicians and audiences worldwide, this book is a valuable resource for everyone with an interest in tango, whether they be composers, performers, arrangers, teachers, music lovers or scholars in the field of popular music studies.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Stylistic Norms of Tango Music – Its Main Materials and Techniques
Chapter 3: Boedo and the De Caro School
Chapter 4: Osvaldo Pugliese – His Life, Musical Style and Orchestra and His Contribution to Instrumental Tango Music
Chapter 5: Horacio Salgán – His Life, Musical Style and Ensembles and His Contribution to Instrumental Tango Music
Chapter 6: Astor Piazzolla – His Life, Musical Style and Ensembles and His Contribution to Instrumental Tango Music
Chapter 7: Gustavo Beytelmann – His Life, Musical Style and Ensembles and His Contribution to Instrumental Tango Music
Chapter 8: Mendizábal’s El entrerriano – Comparative Analysis of Arrangements by Pugliese, Salgán and Piazzolla
Chapter 9: The Impact of this Artistic Research on my Own Music
Chapter 10: Summary and Outlook
Bárbara Varassi Pega, PhD, is an Argentinean pianist, arranger, composer, researcher and educator specialized in tango music. Currently based in the Netherlands, she teaches at Codarts University of the Arts, Rotterdam, and Fontys University of Fine and Performing Arts, Tilburg.