His oeuvre revolutionized the traditional tango into a new style termed nuevo tango , incorporating elements from jazz and classical music. A virtuoso bandoneonist, he regularly performed his own compositions with a variety of ensembles. In , American music critic Stephen Holden described Piazzolla as "the world's foremost composer of tango music". In Astor Piazzolla moved with his family to Greenwich Village in New York City, which in those days was a violent neighbourhood inhabited by a volatile mixture of gangsters and hard-working immigrants. At home he would listen to his father's records of the tango orchestras of Carlos Gardel and Julio de Caro , and was exposed to jazz and classical music , including Bach , from an early age. He began to play the bandoneon after his father spotted one in a New York pawn shop in
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His oeuvre revolutionized the traditional tango into a new style termed nuevo tango, incorporating elements from jazz and classical music. An excellent bandoneonist, he regularly performed his own compositions with different ensembles.
Born in Argentina in to immigrant Italian parents, Piazzolla spent most of his childhood with his family in New York City. He also started playing the bandoneon, quickly rising to the status of child prodigy. He returned to Argentina in , where strictly traditional tango still reigned, and played in night clubs with a series of groups. Upon introducing his new approach to the tango nuevo tango , he became a controversial figure among Argentines both musically and politically.
However, his music gained acceptance in Europe and North America, and his reworking of the tango was embraced by some liberal segments of Argentine society, who were pushing for political changes in parallel to his musical revolution. As well as providing original compositions and arrangements, he was the director and Bandoneon player in all of them. He also recorded an album with the famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma and another one with jazz sax player Gerry Mulligan.
Biographers estimate that Piazzolla wrote around 3, pieces and recorded around Name First Last. The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society supports an end to racism in the arts, our city, and our nation. We must listen and learn from those who have faced oppression and injustice throughout their lives, and we stand in solidarity with all black lives. Skip to toolbar About WordPress.