Tangos for Piano

Tangos for Piano

by Amy Briggs
     
 

Except for the Stravinsky "Tango" at the beginning and pianist Amy Briggs' transcription of Astor Piazzolla's "Escualo" at the end, this collection of tangos is all contemporary. Most of them come from a pair of sources: an all-tango concert mounted by Briggs at the University of California at Davis duringSee more details below

Overview

Except for the Stravinsky "Tango" at the beginning and pianist Amy Briggs' transcription of Astor Piazzolla's "Escualo" at the end, this collection of tangos is all contemporary. Most of them come from a pair of sources: an all-tango concert mounted by Briggs at the University of California at Davis during the 2003-2004 academic year, involving tangos from several composers on the faculty there as well as other newly commissioned works, and a similar project undertaken in the 1980s and early '90s by late American pianist Yvar Mikhashoff. The result is probably more entertaining for lovers of contemporary music than for tango fans, for the basic rhythms of tango serve more as a general inspiration than as a restriction in most of the pieces. This said, the variety of ideas is impressive, and there's something very intriguing about watching each composer adapt the tango to his or her individual style. The project works well because the tango is such a protean thing: a collection of rhythms, to begin with, some heavily syncopated and some in which the syncopation is more a matter of grace notes. Some composers are naturals for the tango; hear the stomping, heavy, and entirely characteristic "Steptangle" by Frederic Rzewski. Others, such as Yu-Hui Chang, use the tango primarily as a source of atmosphere, and quite a few play off of and develop the tango rhythm, using or disturbing its motoric quality as a work proceeds. All the pieces are short, with only one clocking in at over five minutes, and none is either baffling or really oriented toward crossover. An intriguing item for anyone interested in the classical uses of popular dance rhythms.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/2010
Label:
Ravello
UPC:
0736211788139
catalogNumber:
7808
Rank:
326787

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Amy Briggs   Primary Artist,Piano

Technical Credits

Per Nørgård   Composer
Igor Stravinsky   Composer
Lou Harrison   Composer
Conlon Nancarrow   Composer
Frederic Rzewski   Composer
Astor Piazzolla   Composer
Ralph Shapey   Composer
Judith Sherman   Producer,Engineer
Laura San Martin   Composer
Nils Vigeland   Composer
Hayes Biggs   Composer
David Rakowski   Composer
Stacy Garrop   Composer
Amy Briggs   Arranger,Liner Notes
Leeann Leftwich Zajas   Art Direction
Amy Williams   Composer
Yu-Hui Chang   Composer
Jason Eckardt   Composer
Jeffrey Mumford   Composer
Ross Bauer   Composer
Bob Lord   Executive Producer
Pablo Ortiz   Composer
Beth Wiemann   Composer
Jukka Tiensuu   Composer
Robert Revere   Cover Photo
David Smooke   Composer

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