A pianist's guide to the Argentine tango
Date of Award
Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)
First Committee Member
Kenon Dean Renfrow, Committee Chair
The purpose of the doctoral essay is to examine the performance practice, the musical structure, and the social and musical history of the Argentine tango. The pedagogical information needed to teach the principles of tango and its performance is the essence of this study. The reader is introduced to the cultural circumstances behind the Argentine tango, its history, the piano evolution and significance within this style, and the intrinsic relationship that exists between the dance and the tango.This basic knowledge will be important to better comprehend both the structural features and the techniques associated with its performance. A musical analysis of the general structure of tangos by Horacio Salgan and Astor Piazzolla guides teachers and pianists in developing a foundation for their performance of the Argentine tango. The writer's interview of several musicians and dance performers of the tango style serve as an added effort to acquaint the reader with the traditions of this style, and highlight, in a personal way, the cultural context of it.The writer's aspiration in this essay is a simple one. Too often, it is forgotten that the purpose of an educator should be to guide students to see the whole picture, to try to explore all the possibilities available, and to experience several performance practices. There is more than one way to look at things. Therefore, pedagogues and pianists, no matter what style of music they are teaching or performing, should take into consideration the history, the roots, and the traditions behind the piece of music that will be executed. The writer of this doctoral essay chose the Argentine tango as her case study. The elements taken for this research, however, as to the pedagogical information to teach the principles of tango and its performance, could serve as an example in the study of other musical forms.
Granados, Ysomar, "A pianist's guide to the Argentine tango" (2001). Dissertations from ProQuest. 1726.