Recorded on 06/22/2005, uploaded on 02/18/2009
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
About a year ago, I was asked by the American Creative Dance
Company to come up with a few Tango pieces to collaborate with their Tango
dancers. I came across these etudes and fell in love with them. They were originally written for the flute,
but I decided to transcribe them for the cello. Having always loved Tango dancing myself, and having enjoyed
playing Tango music, this collaboration was a real treat.
(1921 - 1992) was an Argentine tango musician, bandoneon player, and composer. He
is widely considered the most important tango musician of the second half of
the Twentieth Century. His nuevo tango was distinct from traditional tango
in its incorporation of elements of jazz. As guidance to the performer,
Piazzolla wrote of these etudes, "the performer should well exaggerate the
accents and respirations, therefore inspiring of the way in which tangos are
played on the bandoneon". One
wonders how to find "respiration" in the sounds of a cello. The dancers later told me that they had been
listening and dancing to the music breathe through the cello like a bandoneon. Wendy Law
Courtesy of International Music Foundation.
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