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Histoire du Tango

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Astor Piazzolla

Astor Piazzolla


Subtitle: Pour quatre clarinettes


General Info

Year: 1986 / 2008
Duration: c. 19:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Flute and Guitar
Publisher: Editions Henry Lemoine
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $56.75


Movements

1. Bordello 1900
2. Café 1930
3. Nightclub 1960
4. Concert d'Aujourd'hui


Instrumentation

Full Score
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Histoire du Tango is one of the most famous compositions by tango composer Ástor Piazzolla, originally written for flute and guitar written in 1986. It is often played with different combinations, including violin substituted for the flute, and also harp or marimba substituted for the guitar. It was Piazzolla's life work to bring the tango from the bordellos and dance halls of Argentina into the concert halls of Europe and America. He is among the astonishingly varied group of composers who were enabled by the teaching of Nadia Boulanger to become more authentically themselves. Boulanger--doyenne of high European art--encouraged Piazzolla not to become another European-style composer, but to apply to the tango the lessons of his study with her. Piazzolla's Histoire du Tango is his only work for flute and guitar--the instruments associated with the first flowering of the form, in Buenos Aires in 1882.

Histoire du Tango attempts to convey the history and evolution of the tango in four movements: Bordello 1900, Café 1930, Nightclub 1960, and Concert d'Aujourd'hui.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

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Performances

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  • Kennesaw (Ga.) State University Wind Ensemble (David Kehler, conductor) - 30 September 2020
  • Breath Quartet – 2009


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