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Tangos for Piano / Amy Briggs

Audio Samples

>Stravinsky, Igor : Tango
>Smooke, David : Requests, for piano
>Shapey, Ralph : Tango Variations on a Cantus, for piano
>Rakowski, David : Zipper Tango (Tango etude on grace notes), for piano
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Tango?, for piano
>Vigeland, Nils : Tango a deux, for piano
>Garrop, Stacy : Teeny Tango, for piano
>Wiemann, Beth : Tango Beep Beep, for piano
>Rzewski, Frederic : Steptangle, for piano
>Eckardt, Jason : Tango Clandestino, for piano
>Harrison, Lou : Tandy's Tango, for piano
>Biggs, Hayes : Tagrango (Being a Brief Identity Crisis for Piano Solo), for piano
>Williams, Amy : Astoria, for piano
>Chang, Yu-Hui : Tangled in Smoke, for piano
>Norgård, Per : Esperanza (Hermit Crab Tango), for piano
>Bauer, Ross : Mango, for piano
>Ortiz, Pablo : Piglia, for piano
>Tiensuu, Jukka : Fantango for harpsichord
>Mumford, Jeffrey : Tango-Variations, for piano
>Mumford, Jeffrey : Tango Si, for piano
>Martin, Laura San : Tangozilla, for piano
>Piazzolla, Astor : Escualo

Album Summary

>Stravinsky, Igor : Tango
>Smooke, David : Requests, for piano
>Shapey, Ralph : Tango Variations on a Cantus, for piano
>Rakowski, David : Zipper Tango (Tango etude on grace notes), for piano
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Tango?, for piano
>Vigeland, Nils : Tango a deux, for piano
>Garrop, Stacy : Teeny Tango, for piano
>Wiemann, Beth : Tango Beep Beep, for piano
>Rzewski, Frederic : Steptangle, for piano
>Eckardt, Jason : Tango Clandestino, for piano
>Harrison, Lou : Tandy's Tango, for piano
>Biggs, Hayes : Tagrango (Being a Brief Identity Crisis for Piano Solo), for piano
>Williams, Amy : Astoria, for piano
>Chang, Yu-Hui : Tangled in Smoke, for piano
>Norgård, Per : Esperanza (Hermit Crab Tango), for piano
>Bauer, Ross : Mango, for piano
>Ortiz, Pablo : Piglia, for piano
>Tiensuu, Jukka : Fantango for harpsichord
>Mumford, Jeffrey : Tango-Variations, for piano
>Mumford, Jeffrey : Tango Si, for piano
>Martin, Laura San : Tangozilla, for piano
>Piazzolla, Astor : Escualo
Performer Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: American Academy Of Arts And Letters, New York, NY (05/25/2005-05/26/2005).

Except for the Stravinsky Tango at the beginning and pianist Amy Briggs' transcription of Astor Piazzolla's Escualo at the end, this collection of tangos is all contemporary. Most of them come from a pair of sources: an all-tango concert mounted by Briggs at the University of California at Davis during the 2003-2004 academic year, involving tangos from several composers on the faculty there as well as other newly commissioned works, and a similar project undertaken in the 1980s and early '90s by late American pianist Yvar Mikhashoff. The result is probably more entertaining for lovers of contemporary music than for tango fans, for the basic rhythms of tango serve more as a general inspiration than as a restriction in most of the pieces. This said, the variety of ideas is impressive, and there's something very intriguing about watching each composer adapt the tango to his or her individual style. The project works well because the tango is such a protean thing: a collection of rhythms, to begin with, some heavily syncopated and some in which the syncopation is more a matter of grace notes. Some composers are naturals for the tango; hear the stomping, heavy, and entirely characteristic Steptangle by Frederic Rzewski. Others, such as Yu-Hui Chang, use the tango primarily as a source of atmosphere, and quite a few play off of and develop the tango rhythm, using or disturbing its motoric quality as a work proceeds. All the pieces are short, with only one clocking in at over five minutes, and none is either baffling or really oriented toward crossover. An intriguing item for anyone interested in the classical uses of popular dance rhythms.~James Manheim



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Works Details

>Stravinsky, Igor : Tango
  • Performer: Amy Briggs (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940

>Smooke, David : Requests, for piano
  • Performer: Amy Briggs (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Shapey, Ralph : Tango Variations on a Cantus, for piano
  • Performer: Amy Briggs (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Rakowski, David : Zipper Tango (Tango étude on grace notes), for piano
  • Performer: Amy Briggs (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Tango?, for piano
  • Performer: Amy Briggs (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1983

>Vigeland, Nils : Tango à deux, for piano
  • Performer: Amy Briggs (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Garrop, Stacy : Teeny Tango, for piano
  • Performer: Amy Briggs (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Wiemann, Beth : Tango Beep Beep, for piano
  • Performer: Amy Briggs (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Rzewski, Frederic : Steptangle, for piano
  • Performer: Amy Briggs (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Eckardt, Jason : Tango Clandestino, for piano
  • Performer: Amy Briggs (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Harrison, Lou : Tandy's Tango, for piano
  • Performer: Amy Briggs (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 06/1992

>Biggs, Hayes : Tagrango (Being a Brief Identity Crisis for Piano Solo), for piano
  • Performer: Amy Briggs (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Williams, Amy : Astoria, for piano
  • Performer: Amy Briggs (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Chang, Yu-Hui : Tangled in Smoke, for piano
  • Performer: Amy Briggs (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Per Norgård (Composer) (1932 - ) : Esperanza (Hermit Crab Tango), for piano
  • Performer: Amy Briggs (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Bauer, Ross : Mango, for piano
  • Performer: Amy Briggs (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Ortiz, Pablo : Piglia, for piano
  • Performer: Amy Briggs (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Tiensuu, Jukka : Fantango for harpsichord
  • Performer: Amy Briggs (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Mumford, Jeffrey : Tango-Variations, for piano
  • Performer: Amy Briggs (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Mumford, Jeffrey : Tango Si, for piano
  • Performer: Amy Briggs (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Martin, Laura San : Tangozilla, for piano
  • Performer: Amy Briggs (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Piazzolla, Astor : Escualo
  • Performer: Amy Briggs (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1979