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Yo Soy Maria

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Astor Piazzolla

Astor Piazzolla (arr. DeJonge)


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Subtitle: From the Opera Maria de Buenos Aires


General Info

Year: 1968
Duration: c. 6:50
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Instrumentation

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Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Piazzolla combined his efforts with Horacio Ferrer to compose his tango opera (tango operita), Maria de Buenos Aires. The opera premiered at the Sala Planeta in Buenos Aires on May 8, 1968. Yo Soy Maria is the fourth number in the opera.

- Program Note from Florida State University Wind Ensemble concert program, 10 November 2020


María de Buenos Aires is a tango opera (tango operita) with music by Astor Piazzola and libretto by Horacio Ferrer that premiered at the Sala Planeta in Buenos Aires in May, 1968. The song Yo Soy Maria (I am Maria) is the opening solo from the main character.

While certainly not in the narrow sense an opera ballet, because the dance is tango rather than classical ballet, it falls within the tradition of having set dance pieces integral to an operatic work. There are a lot of tango dancing during the opera.

The first part of the surreal plot centers on the experiences of a “fallen lady” in Buenos Aires, Argentina; the second part takes place after her death. The characters include María (and, after her death, the Shadow of María), a folksinger, various members of the Buenos Aires underworld; a poet and narrator; a goblin-like humanoid; several marionettes under the control of the goblin; a circus of psychoanalysts; pasta makers; and construction workers.

Obviously, a collection of characters guaranteed to make any good opera into a Great Opera! Or, at least, one you will not easily forget.

- Program Note by David Holsinger


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State Ratings

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Performances

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  • Hartwick College (Oneonta, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Andrew Pease, conductor) - 18 May 2021
  • Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (David Holsinger, conductor; Delores Beery, soprano) - 13 April 2021
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee) Wind Ensemble (Devan Moore, conductor) - 10 November 2020


Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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


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