Libertango

The most famous work of Astor Piazzolla is without a doubt the so-called Libertango (Libertango ). The title of this tune, created and recorded in Milan in 1974, combines two words: “libertad” (Spanish for “freedom”) and “tango”. The piece symbolizes the transition from classical tango to “Tango Nuevo”. More than twenty different Libertango arrangements are known: for jazz orchestra, symphony orchestra, brass quartet, various chamber ensembles and even the a’capella choir, but those seem to be the most popular arrangements in which the bandoneon sounds. The melody is also the basis of Grace Jones’ song “I’ve seen this face before” (1981), a version of which in 2003 included in their album “Libertango” the Irish singer Sharon Shannon featuring Kirsty McCall.

The world-famous interpretation of “Libertango” by the famous cellist Yo Yo Ma, included in his album “The Soul of Tango” – Music by Astor Piazzolla (1997). The work was also performed by guitarist Al Di Meola in his album “The Grande Passion”(2000), as well as by Roman Miroshnichenko in his album “The Sixth Sense ”(2013). The accordionist Pyotr Dranga and the violinist Dmitri Kogan present their version of the music in their joint performance.

In the cinema, the melody was first heard in Jacques Rivette’s The Northern Bridge (1981). Libertango was also used by Roman Polanski in his film The Frantic (1988), where Harrison Ford danced to Piazzolla’s music, and in British director Sally Potter’s The Tango Lesson.

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