Le grand Tango

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Le Grand Tango, Spanish El gran tango, single-movement piece for cello and piano by Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla that expresses the spirit of nuevo tango (“new tango”), a melding of traditional tango rhythms and jazz-inspired syncopation. Written in 1982, Le Grand Tango was published in Paris—thus its French rather than Spanish title.

Piazzolla studied composition in Paris with Nadia Boulanger, who encouraged him to stick with the tango rather than focusing solely on classical composition. Taking her words to heart, he began to experiment with the standard Argentine tango, diverging from the expected Latin harmonies and producing an edgier sound than that found in classic tango. He composed Le Grand Tango for Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, who did not play it until 1990 or record it until 1996.

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  • Composer: Piazzolla, Astor
  • Composer lived: (1921 - 1992)
  • Arranger: Jense, Maarten
  • Arranged in: 2009
  • Instrumentation: Alto Saxophone Solo - Eb Cl. / Bb Cl. 1,2,3,4 /Alt. Cl. / B. Cl. / Cb. Cl
  • Soloist: Alto Saxophone Solo
  • Duration: 08:45
  • Grade: 4 - Challenging
  • Grade soloist: 4 - Challenging
  • Publisher: MJMuziek(uitgever)
  • Price (free of VAT): € 22,50