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Tango Variations

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Evan Hause

Evan Hause

General Info

Year: 2009
Duration: c. 9:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Edward B. Marks
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental   |   Score Only - $71.75


Full Score
C Piccolo (2)
Flute (4)
Oboe (2)
English Horn (1)
Bassoon (2+)
Contrabassoon (1)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet (1)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet (6+)
B-flat Bass Clarinet (1)
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet (1)
E-flat Alto Saxophone (2+) (one doubling soprano saxophone)
B-flat Tenor Saxophone (1)
E-flat Baritone Saxophone (1)
B-flat Trumpet (6)
Horn in F (4)
Trombone (4)
Bass Trombone (1)
Euphonium (2)
Tuba (2)
String Bass
Bandoneon or Accordion solo (optional)
Percussion I-VI, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Chimes
  • China Cymbal
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (tuned)
  • Guiro
  • Marimba
  • Shakers
  • Slapstick
  • Snare Drum
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam
  • Tambourine
  • Temple Blocks
  • Tom-tom
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Vibraslap
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Once inspiration struck (in summer 2009 after watching a children's movie) to write a work for large band inspired by tango, I began listening to the oldest recorded tangos so that my mind would not be muddied by the ubiquitous "new tango" of the Astor Piazzolla renaissance of the 1990s. No slight against the great Piazzolla, but I wanted to explore the roots of his form to determine which stereotypes I had come to know were merited and which ones were not. What I learned is that tango has never followed any rules of form, and the only universal seems to be (after the importance of inspiring and accompanying a sexual dance, of course) a 4/4 time signature and an abiding favoritism for the minor mode. Yet, the opening falling chromatic opening salvo of my Tango Variations (of which there are six variations on an original theme), and the intense upper-lower-chromatic neighbor figure that permeates my original theme are nods to things I heard in multiple listenings to such greats of the 1930's as Pugliese (who emerged my favorite), Troilo, and Donato among others. Otherwise, I have composed a free-for-all. I will reveal that an early idea to meld it with the music of Robert Schumann's Vogel als Prophet for solo piano into a Tango Prophetico has left the musical landscape dotted with progressions and figures from this Romantic chestnut, but otherwise this is an abstract work, as titled.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Evan Hause website
  • Hause, E. (2007). Tango Variations : For Symphonic Band [score]. E.B. Marks Music : [New York]
  • Stewart, Scott A. "Tango Variations." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 9, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 1052-1060. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2013.