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  • Created on: 25-05-14 11:38
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  • Tango
    • Origins
      • 1850s - Argentina and Uruguay.
      • Influenced by other cultures e.g. Italian, African, Eastern European.
    • Instruments
      • Early tangos: flute, violin and guitar or solo piano.
      • Later added: double bass and bandoneon.
    • Different Varieties
      • Tango Song.
        • Golden Age - 20s/30s.
      • Argentine Tango.
        • More improvised than ballroom tango.
      • Tango Nuevo - combined elements of tango, classical and jazz.
        • Complex rhythms and harmonies.
        • Became music to listen to rather than dance to.
        • Astor Piazolla.
      • Tango Rock.
        • Replaced bandoneon and double bass with rock band rhythm section, keyboards and electric guitars.
      • Electro Tango.
        • Electronic elements i.e. sampling mixed with traditional tango music.
    • Dance moves
      • Usually improvised.
      • Movements are provocative yet controlled.
        • Music reflects this by having beautiful melodies and strong rhythmic energy,
      • Deliberate/exaggerated dance moves are supported by details such as staccato marks.
    • Rhythm
      • Syncopated rhythms.
      • Slow rhythmic pace with triplets.
      • Staccato notes.
      • Simple harmonies, often in the minor key.
      • Based on the tonic and dominant chords.
      • Repeated dotted rhythms in the bass between the tonic and dominant.


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