Sittichai Pengcharoen, violin
Elizabeth Jaxon, harp
Faculty Recital at Mahidol University, Main Auditorium of the College of Music, Thailand.
Jan 25th, 2012
Argentinian composer and bandoneón player Ástor Piazzolla revolutionized the tango in the 20th century, incorporating elements of jazz and classical music into the traditional dance genre. His musical
upbringing was rooted in the night clubs of Buenos Aires, where he performed with many different bands, but his curiosity lead him to expand his horizons, studying with Alberto Ginastera and later in
Paris with Nadia Boulanger. Piazzolla's new style came to be known as nuevo tango. Originally for flute and guitar, the Histoire du Tango is a set of pieces which recount the history of the tango, giving four
snapshots of its evolution, spaced by 30-year intervals. This first movement, Bordel 1900, illustrates the origins of tango as a low-class dance form of the bordellos (night clubs). The tango rhythms -- an
exaggeration of the dotted rhythms of the milonga and the habañera -- were considered too erotic for polite society.