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Se baila como eres I & II : two tangos for guitar and clarinet in B flat

by Philip Bracanin (2013)

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Performance by Catherine Cahill, Stephanie Jones from the CD Invitation to tango

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Invitation to tango : new Australian tangos for guitar.

Library shelf no. CD 2559 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

For these two tangos composed for clarinet and guitar, the title Se baila como eres (You dance who you are) seems an appropriate appellation for this Argentine dance typified by dance partners interpreting the music through movement in a highly personal manner. Miguel Zotto has aptly described this as follows. "In tango you can't be preoccupied with steps. You need to express your feelings while listening to the music". In scoring these two tangos for clarinet and guitar I have endeavoured to encapsulate the kind of fluid intimacy created between the tango dancers, through the musical dialogue interplayed by the two instruments. In design, Tangos I and II are a mirror image of each other - Tango I fast/slow/fast and tango II slow/ fast/ slow. I choose the clarinet to partner the guitar as in certain registers it reminds me vaguely of the timbre of the bandoneon, an instrument most commonly associated with the tango.

Work Details

Year: 2013

Instrumentation: Guitar, clarinet in B flat.

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to Graham Hawkes

Commission note: Commissioned by Graham Hawkes.

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
neo-tonal and thematic process driven


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