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Gabriel Musella

Gabriel Musella

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Subtitle: Nuevo Tango Symphonico

General Info

Year: 2015
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

Nuevo tango fuses the famous Argentinean dance with other elements including jazz harmonies and Baroque counterpoint. The unquestioned father of this movement is Astor Piazzolla, whose other innovations included transforming the traditional tango orchestra into a modernized ensemble by utilizing electric instruments and incorporating winds. Pablo Ziegler joined Piazolla’s group as a keyboardist in the late 70’s and remained with him until his retirement. Ziegler, a Grammy winning artist/composer, has added his own influence to the genre by giving the music improvisational freedom and a driving edge. It is Ziegler that inspires this tango, named for my mother, who introduced me to an eclectic assortment of sounds from a very early age. From Elvis to Motown and Augustin Lara to Andy Williams, I wore out much of mom’s vinyl collection listening and dissecting the different sounds before I reached my teenage years.

The music contains a variety of twists and turns; interruptive motives in the midst of lyrical lines, contrapuntal sections that give way to stormy passages, cadenzaesque solos that conclude like musings marking the end of a monologue. A simple harmonic progression binds the otherwise complex rhythms and fragments. All these factors serve to build the dramatic effect inherent in tango.

- Program Note from Texas Tech University Symphonic Band concert program, 12 February 2018

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  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Symphonic Band (Sarah McKoin, conductor) – 12 February 2018
  • Lone Star Symphonic Band (Katy, Tx.) (Bob Bryant, conductor) – 25 July 2015 *Premiere Performance*

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