Astor Piazzolla’s Libertango: Music and Dance

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By Dady Chery
Haiti Chery

Below: one virtuoso orchestral and one virtuoso dance performance of Astor Piazzola’s Libertango. They are offered as a nod to the residents of Famatima and Chilecito whose protests that “A água vale mais do que o ouro!” (Water is more precious than gold!) helped to save their lands and water from the Quebec-based Canadian mining company, Osisko Mining Corporation.

Astor Piazzolla was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on March 11, 1921. He lived in New York during his teenage years, until he turned 15, by which time he was already a virtuoso bandoneónist who had absorbed many influences from jazz and European classical music — especially Bach. After more advanced musical training, he combined these musical styles with his knowledge of Argentinian tango and folk music to create the nuevo tango. He died in Rome, Italy, on July 4, 1992.

Starting with Astor Piazzola’s own recording of Libertango in 1974, there have many recordings, including one by Yo Yo Ma on a 1997 album titled Piazolla: Soul of the Tango.

The music

VIDEO: Orchestral performance including Yo Yo Ma on cello (2 1/2 min).

The dance!

VIDEO: Dance performance at “El Viejo Almacen” in San Telmo, Buenos Aires (2 1/2 min).

Sources: Haiti Chery | YouTube (bambamaker, cuoylyf)


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