Fuga y Misterio

From Wind Repertory Project
Astor Piazzolla

Astor Piazzolla (arr. Rens van Leeuwen)

General Info

Year: 1974 / 2018
Duration: c. 5:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Augmented bandoneón quintet
Publisher: Baton Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €117.00   |   Score Only (print) - €22.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass/Bass Guitar
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Cajon
  • Congas
  • Drum Set
  • Guiro
  • Vibraphone



None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Astor Piazzolla (1921 - 1992) was an Argentine tango composer, bandoneon player and arranger. His oeuvre revolutionized the traditional tango into a new style termed 'nuevo tango', incorporating elements from jazz and classical music. He is best known for his Libertango and Adiós Nonino.

In 1968 Piazzolla composed the operita (little opera) Maria de Buenos Aires in which he combines classical contrapuntal techniques learned from Nadia Boulanger with the vertically harmonic 'milongas' and mid-century jazz.

Fuga y Misterio is an instrumental piece from the opera. The first part (Fuga) begins with an agitated solo -- in this arrangement played by the alto saxophone -- that jitters around the scale and then is echoed in turn by the other instruments. Most instruments are playing tango-based music, but in the percussion the theme is based on jazz rhythms. The Misterio part is based on a slow, lyrical melody related to Maria's main theme; this music gradually vaporizes.

- Program Note from publisher

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Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Yo Soy Maria (Flex instrumentation) (arr. DeJonge) (1968/2020)

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